Renovations for Six, by Norm Foster

Directed by Angela Bell       CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

“One the funniest and most ingenious plays by Canada’s most produced playwright I have yet seen.” — Stage Door

In Maple Ridge January 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm and January 28 at 1pm at the Albion Comm. Ctr
In Pitt Meadows February 8, 9, 10 at 7:30pm and February 11 at 1pm at Heritage Hall

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Three couples, embracing change in their somewhat dishevelled dwellings, are looking for happiness. All three couples are undergoing home renovations. In so many ways, renovation and its disturbing upheaval becomes a visual metaphor here for the lives of Foster’s engaging characters. Foster, in his usual flair for one-liners, draws you into all three of these relationships through hilarity and laughter.

Good-looking Grant and his attractive wife Shayna have issues. Shayna wants to be loved and romanced, not just serviced while he counts the minutes before he’ll be late at the store. But Grant prefers quickie sex, just before dashing out the door to take his place managing the local furniture store. You begin to wonder if he has time to get his pants off, never mind engage in foreplay. Yet you believe these two love each other and want to make a go of their partnership in the big room with the Smokey Salmon walls.

Wing and his rapscallion wife Billie are having second thoughts about that suffocating Smokey Salmon stuff on their walls. Billie and Wing are on the far side of a long and comfortable relationship. He still gets jealous she might have had an affair years ago, when they were a song-and-dance team shuffling through “Tea for Two”. She’d like to put on her dance shoes and go back into show business. But he’d prefer to continue selling furniture and appliances at the store where Grant has newly arrived as the boss.

Veronica Dunn-Dudet is a smug psychiatrist who feels somewhat superior to her more genuine, genteel husband Maurice. We know she’s condescending and aloof. We realize he’s more romantic and positive, searching for fulfilment in a new, more creative worklife. Something unsaid separates this couple until a resolution is struck late in Foster’s second act. That, you understand, is when revelations are shot in the air like out-of-control Frisbees.

When everyone meets up at Grant and Shayna’s half-decorated home for drinks, limp green pickles and some slightly burned spring rolls, things definitely heat up. Foster gets off a litany of put-downs about the unimaginative finger foods people serve at such shindigs. He suggests, too, how uncomfortable people can be meeting in a social situation when they don’t actually know each other. More than anything, though, he forces his six characters to square off over troubling truths. All hell breaks loose at the party in this fast-paced comedy, as secrets are revealed and cultures clash.

One of his newer plays, Norm Foster is at the top of his game with “Renovations for Six”. A laugh riot any married couple is bound to relate to, as will anyone who’s ever been in a relationship. If you enjoy a great comedy, this one’s definitely for you!

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Seating is first come first served (festival seating). We do not save seats, please come early if your seating location is important to you. Auditorium doors open 1/2 hour before showtime.
This show is not suitable for young children.
Facility is wheelchair accessible. Please arrive a minimum of 40 minutes before showtime for advance seating.

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The Production Team
Producers: Angela Bell and Simon Challenger
Director: Angela Bell
Production Assistant: Anita Kitkowski
Technical and Set Designs: Angela Bell
Set Construction: Simon Challenger
Props: Heather Van Oene, members at large
Program: Angela Bell
Poster Design: Reginald Pillay
Costumes: Team effort
Audition Support: Heather Lee

The Cast
Peanut White as Shayna Perkins
Paul Sawyer as Grant Perkins
Simon Challenger as Wing Falterman
Heather Van Oene as Billie Falterman
Judith Betzler as Veronica Dunn-Dudet
Henry Bartak as Maurice Dudet

Renovations for Six is staged by arrangement with Pam Winter, GGA

*Some excerpts taken from the Hamilton Spectator, credit to Gary Smith.

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