‘A Comedy of Tenors’ plays until October 19th at Metro Theatre in Vancouver. Tickets can be purchased at Metro’s website.
Those of you who follow this blog might be wondering where I’ve been all these months. Well, maybe it’s crossed your mind as you do the dishes. Or perhaps not at all. Or maybe you’re reading this now, and saying, “She has a blog? People still do that?”
The reason I haven’t been here much is that I’ve been busy directing. Not just one show, not just two, but five in the last 13 months. And at the moment, this includes two that I’ve been rehearsing at the same time!
I love directing, and adore directing comedies. For the last couple of months, I’ve been helming two comedies at opposite ends of the spectrum.
The first is A Comedy of Tenors, Ken Ludwig’s follow-up to his hit Lend Me a Tenor. It takes place in a posh hotel room in Paris in 1936, where Henry Saunders is trying to put on a concert with some of the world’s foremost tenors. So naturally, everything falls apart, and there’s no guarantee of the curtain going up as arguments and misunderstandings threaten everything. It’s farce in its finest form, and so much fun to watch every night.
The second is Andrew Bergman’s play Social Security. This comedy takes place in the Manhattan apartment of a couple of art dealers, whose tranquil and genteel life is turned upside down by the arrival of Barbara’s mother Sophie, a cantankerous old woman who lives to torment her other daughter Trudy. What I love about this play is that it’s dialogue-driven, with jokes that depend solely on the writer’s talents as a comedian. And with a pedigree that includes Blazing Saddles, this playwright knows his stuff.
If you’re in the Vancouver area, A Comedy of Tenors is playing right now at Metro Theatre (click here for A Comedy of Tenors tickets), and Social Security opens at Surrey Little Theatre on October 19th (click here for Social Security tickets).
I’m currently performing in the new show “The Doctor of Oz: A Self-Help Panto” at Hendry Hall in North Vancouver (it’s sold out, but you can get on the waiting list by calling the box office at 604-983-2633). Today, one of my castmates told me that she’d checked out my reel, and she’d discovered an interesting connection. A few years ago, I played a mom in a Vancouver Film School short called Bad Religion. Turns out, the kid who played my son is one Finn Wolfhard, current star of the Netflix hit Stranger Things.
Just goes to show that you never know where the people you work with will end up. Check out Finn’s early work here, starting at 2:19.
“Hilda’s Yard” opens September 16th at Metro Theatre. #vancouver #theatre #vancity #HildasYard
Construction of our set is well underway, and our actors are having a blast playing on it. Five more weeks until opening night!
For info and tickets, go to Metro Theatre’s website
I’m happy to announce that I’m directing another play in in Vancouver this fall!
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster will run from September 16th to October to October 7th at Metro Theatre in Vancouver. For more information and ticket prices, go to Metro Theatre’s website.
To the cast and crew of Haywire, and to all of you who came out to support us. It was a great run!
Photo Credit: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
Haywire opens tonight and runs until October 8th at Metro Theatre in Vancouver. For tickets and information, go to metrotheatre.com.
Here they are – the cast of Haywire, opening September 17th at Metro Theatre in Vancouver.
From left to right: Mark ‘Sparky’ McDonald as Jamie, Daryl Hutchings as Alec, Amy Rhead as Liz, Sarah Harlow as Maggie, Joan Koebel as Phoebe, and Aidan Barker as Mandy.
For tickets and info, visit Metro Theatre.
Also, another shot of the cast including our understudy, Peter Pearson.
Here it is – the model for our set for Haywire. With just five weeks until opening, building is fully underway, and I can’t wait until the cast can work on the real thing!
For tickets and show times, visit metrotheatre.com.