After theater, books and comics, To make a chicken today offers itself a new life in podcasting. Regardless of the medium, the observation remains the same: Fabien Cloutier’s words, tasty at will, are nothing more or less like a masterpiece.
Times are tough for Carl and Steven. They are broke. They are desperate. To try to make ends meet, they put on odd jobs for a man of dubious allegiances to say the least, gradually getting stuck in a dead end whirlwind.
There is something tragic about their daily life. Irreparable. They are imperfect, riddled with flaws and flaws. Still, they are incredibly endearing. And even if we witness, helplessly, their descent into hell, we too can not help clinging to the hope of seeing a happy ending dawning on the horizon for our two protagonists.
A raw chicken
However, let’s make one thing clear: yes, To make a chicken is a grandiose work, almost irreproachable. But it is not intended for all audiences. Because, true to his habit, Fabien Cloutier is not in the lace with the look he casts on a fringe of society, less fortunate, both in the literal and figurative sense.
The words are harsh and raw. And, despite all the color that is infused into them, they harbor an underlying violence, omnipresent though silent, fanned with great blows of incisive lines and abrasive humor as only the author is capable of.
It’s confronting. It is politically incorrect. But it’s also enjoyable in many ways, including moments of outright hilarity.
This is both a testament to the talent of Fabien Cloutier himself and that of his performers. Hubert Proulx and Guillaume Cyr (both fantastic) resume here the roles they played during the very first performance of To make a chicken, on the boards of La Licorne, in Montreal, seven years ago.
These characters, they have lived in them ever since. They never seem to have left them so brilliantly they are delivered to us.
Besides the two headliners, we would be remiss to ignore the work of Marie Michaud, frankly fabulous as the mother of one of our two heroes. His shameless hatred for online petitions is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this podcast, delivered in four episodes totaling 75 minutes.
In short, the proof is now irrefutable: the cases of oysters from To make a chicken deserve to enter Quebec history in the same way as the famous Gold Star stamps of Sisters-in-law. Yes, at this point.
►To make a chicken is available on the website of the National sound stage and streaming listening platforms.