Mitch Albom's Tuesday's with Morrie comes to life in this stage adaptation of the New York Times best-selling book by American sports journalist, Mitch Albom.
Filled with love, humour, and forgiveness, this true story is about Mitch Albom (Marcel Jeannin), who learns that his old professor and friend, Morrie Schwartz (Bernie Passeltiner), who he hasn't seen for 16 years, has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and has only a short time to live. Albom feels badly for having lost contact, and decides to visit his old mentor. This sparks the first of many Tuesday visits with Morrie — visits that rekindle a loving teacher-student relationship and tackle an even larger subject: The Meaning of Life.
Catered for a mainstream audience, the play uses 'easy' humour, isn't particularly that well written, and, in my opinion, lacks the subtle grace and charm that the story requires. Oddly enough, I still found it to be just as moving as when I first read the book. Jeannin and Passeltiner put on a fine performance, keeping things light and entertaining, while still believable and meaningful.
Kudos to set and costume designer, John Dinning, for capturing the essence of space in Albom's book, and bringing that space, in all its variations, to the stage.
Truly a timeless story, be it book or stage, Albom's Tuesday's with Morrie will always touch the heart.
Tuesdays with Morrie
At the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre
5170 Cote Ste. Catherine Rd.
Tickets: (514) 739-7944