The Metaphor at the Top of the Stairs

To Live With Culture: A Guide to Toronto's Culture Scene interviews Tarragon Theatre director Weyni Mengesha about her production of Quebec playwright Carole Fréchette's play, "The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs."

The Cast of Tarragon Theatre's "The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs" directed by Weyni Mengesha. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

The Cast of Tarragon Theatre's "The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs" directed by Weyni Mengesha. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

The play, by Quebec’s Carole Fréchette, is a bit “abstract” concedes director Weyni Mengesha, and it requires the audience to do a bit of mental heavy lifting. “I wanted to keep a balance between the literal and the visceral,” says Mengesha, who had to decide from the outset how much to reveal and how much to leave to the audience’s imagination.

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