Spring into love, murder and mayhem

Jean Llewellyn

Gabriola Players

Monday, March 18 2013

The Gabriola Players’ exciting spring production pushes the boundaries by presenting three performances of four dynamic one-act plays this weekend, March 22-23. Each play exposes both poignant and hilarious facets of the familiar relationships theme, including romance, jealousy, drama and occasional insanity! 

A walkabout mother tries to understand her grown-up son’s preoccupation with transmitting extraterrestrial messages in The Grand Design, starring Catherine Andersen and Michael Kirkpatrick. Will this genetically mismatched pair ever find themselves on the same wavelength, or will Josh’s struggle to understand the universe finally stop his mother in her tracks?

Set in 1962, The Exquisite Hour (seen right) puts Donna Deacon and Darien Edgeler on stage in a witty and engaging plot by award-winning Edmonton playwright Stewart Lemoine. A relationship scenario with a kick – of bourbon, in this case – in which a seemingly well-adjusted bachelor is forced to explore his inner self and reconsider the value of time when confronted by an alluring and mysterious encyclopedia saleswoman. 

Boise, Idaho (seen left) literally provides a bizarre counterpoint to a romantic Paris café that turns into a scene of mayhem and murder when an interfering busybody meddles in a lovers’ rendezvous. Nadine Acosta and Paul O’Sullivan, as the lovers, cannot escape the shenanigans of Miranda Holmes, determined to poke her nose into their lives. Nicolas Heather plays the unfortunate, sexy French waiter who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or, is everything not what it seems in Boise/Paris?

Post-Its: Notes on a Marriage unites Margaret Litt and Nick Squire as a couple whose relationship is reduced to a life-long series of notes as they try, and usually fail, to find themselves together long enough to exchange words face to face. Spanning 50 years in 15 minutes, this beautifully written script exposes the many thought-provoking ups and downs of conducting a relationship in the fast lane.

The plays run for three performances – Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 23 at 2 and 7 p.m. – at the Rollo Centre. Tickets available from Artworks and online at www.gabriolaplayers.com. Adults cost $15, youth $10. Warning: Some adult language.