Try Drinking Alone this week
White Rock Players Club’s latest production – the Norm Foster comedy Drinking Alone – opens Wednesday (Feb. 8, 8 p.m.) at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd.).
Directed by Susanne de Pencier, who has brought her skilled hand and casting expertise to both romantic comedies and pantomimes in past seasons, the show is typical of Canada’s most produced playwright – a surface patina of zingy one-liners and situation comedy covering a soft heart and a few telling emotional insights.
Running until Feb. 25, Drinking Alone follows the chaotic reunion of two adult children with their long-estranged father – providing a vehicle for some of the Players Club’s better-known actors (Roger Currie, Sheila Keating, Vanessa Klein), plus a couple of new faces (Sarah Green and Terry Thomas).
The father, Ivan, (Currie) returns to town after 15 years with a new wife, Phyllis (Keating) in tow, triggering crises for both daughter, Carrie (Green) and son, Joe (Thomas).
Carrie’s a famous television news personality, but she’s also on the way to becoming an alcoholic, just like the mother to whose not-so-tender mercies their father abandoned them years before.
Joe is an unambitious perpetual bachelor who runs the family’s moribund drycleaning business.
But, in an attempt to impress his father, he takes an extraordinary step – hiring a professional escort, Renee (played by former Players Club panto regular Klein), to masquerade as his fiancée.
The show runs to Feb. 25 with evening performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and a 2:30 p.m. matinee Saturday, Feb. 25.
To purchase tickets for Drinking Alone, go online to www.whiterockplayersclub.com. Admission prices range from $15 (for seniors and students) to $17.