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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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Elzéar Labelle's comic satirical operetta La Conversion d'un pêcheur de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (The Conversion of an Acadian Fisherman) is performed and published in Montreal and becomes one of the most popular French-Canadian plays until 1899. Resembling vaudeville and slap-stick topical revues in a popular French idiom, the operetta juxtaposes Pierrichon, a Quebec farmer praising the prosperity that has followed Confederation, with an Acadian cod fisherman, Morufort, asserting Confederation has brought economic and natural disasters (the fish have disappeared, cows refuse to give milk). Following heated debate, Pierrichon resolves their conflict by promising to secure Morufort the position of Inspector of Cod Livers in the new government.