A Comedy by Anton Chekhov adapted by Jean-Claude van Itallie
“It is sublimely understood Chekov…an event and a thrilling one.” – New York Post
“[Your] theatre troupe is always better than professional.” (D.M. —Toronto, ON)
The Seagull, a work that the author himself claimed contained “five tons of love”, is a play about a very human tendency to reject love that is freely given and seek it where it is withheld. Many of its characters are caught in a destructive, triangular relationship that evokes both pathos and humor. What the characters cannot successfully parry is the destructive force of time, the passage of which robs some, like famous actress Madame Arkadina, of beauty, and others, like her sensitive would-be-writer son Konstantine, of hope.
A Comedy by Molière translated by Richard Wilbur
“…the perfect antidote to a dreary and cold winter’s night!” (P.L. —Whitby, ON)
“…a thing of joy…a carefree, happy and sparkling romp to be seen and enjoyed by young and old alike.” – New York Newsday
Arnolphe has trained Agnes since childhood to be his wife, teaching her only to sew, pray, and serve him. But as their wedding approaches his plan goes ridiculously awry; Agnes is so innocent she doesn’t know better than to fall in love—with someone else. A frothy, hilarious take on love and marriage, this classic farce will tickle every funny bone in your body.
A Comedy by Neil Simon
“…Neil Simon in top form…” – New York Times
The laughs are abundant in this play by one of the masters of American comedy. California Suite is a classic Neil Simon comedy which takes place at the Beverly Hills Hotel during the weekend of the Academy Awards celebration and follows the misadventures of four groups of guests, including a divorced couple battling over the custody of their daughter, a husband who gets caught with a hooker in his room by his wife, a British actress nominated for an Oscar and her straying gay husband and two competing doctors and their wives forced to share a hotel room.
A Comedy by Yasmina Reza translated by Chrisopher Hampton
“How much would you pay for a white painting?”
One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just purchased a white painting. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists that Marc doesn’t have the proper standards to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, although burdened by his own problems, likes the work. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. Arguments become more personal. Serge gives Marc a felt pen and dares him, “Go on!”. Friendship is finally tested but the aftermath affirms the power of those bonds.
A Comedy by Neil Simon
Vintage Neil Simon at his best!
Harry Baker, owner of the largest artificial fruit business in the east, has two sons. Alan is a thirty-three year old playboy; Buddy, a different twenty-one year old with an urge to assert himself. These two are continually trying their father’s easily abused patience. Alan works only two days a week, and plays for five. Buddy, hitherto an obedient son, has moved into his brother’s bachelor apartment leaving a rebellious letter by way of explanation. The richly comic complications that ensue are unfailingly inventive and arise out of character and are never mere gags
A Comedy/Drama adapted by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey
“Funny, touching and exciting – the stuff of great theatre!” – N.Y. Daily News
McMurphy is a charming, devil-may-care rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than work in a prison. He takes over the yard, and he accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years – a presumed deaf and dumb man talks and others move out of introversion. He stages a revolt and makes demands on behalf of the patients. This, he suddenly learns, is a mistake. His charm does not work on the head nurse, however, but only aggravates her antagonism towards him.
A Comedy/Drama by Eward Albee
“An evening of theatrical fireworks … filled with humour and compassion and touched with poetry!” – N. Y. Times
This Pulitzer Prize winner takes you through an unusual night in the life of Agnes and her husband. They are joined by her alcoholic sister whom they have been harbouring as she seeks solace from the ‘bitter’ world. Then, their daughter arrives on the heels of her fourth failed marriage. Next, their best friends, Harry and Edna appear on their doorstep after receiving the shock of their life which has left them terrified, for reasons they can’t name. The friends move in and lock the door leaving everyone inside to face the same terror until they find their own delicate balance between sanity and madness.
A Comedy by Noel Coward
“Sharp, withering and funny!” – N. Y. Times
In this daring comedy, Garry Essendine, an aging matinee idol and pampered actor, is busily making preparations for an extended tour. His apartment is invaded by Daphne, a beautiful but stage-struck youngster. When his entourage arrives, Garry is hard pressed to escape an embarrassing and easily misinterpreted situation. With typical Coward repartee and dazzling wit, he sidesteps complications and mounting confusion.