Harbourfront Players engage in ‘Random Acts’

Darlene Shea
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SUMMERSIDE – The Harbourfront Players invite all to join them while they explore relationships – the funny, the sad, and the ridiculous moments in the lives of friends, families, and lovers, in “Random Acts.”

Some of the Harbourfront Players, old and new, are coming together for “Random Acts.” The Players include (back, from left) Brent Slater, Vernon Campbell, Elaine Chessman, Wayne Murphy, Mike Ford, (centre row) Donna Gorrill, Karen Slater, Shelley Tamtom, Steph Betts, Carolyn Roche, and (front) Jennafer Beck, Jim Dickson, Nancy Smythe, and Juliana Elsinga.

“Random Acts” is a series of one-act plays being staged at the Harbourfront Theatre. Each set of performances will feature one evening and one matinee showing on Feb. 22 and 23 and March 8 and 9.

“Harold”, “Visitors from Chicago”, and “Laundry and Bourbon” will be performed on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. “Harold”, “Visitor from Philadelphia”, and “Still Life” are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

“Harold,” written by long-time Harbourfront Players member, Karen Slater, is a tale of a man and his mom. It's time for Harold to make a life of his own, but his doting mother just can't let go.

“Visitors from Chicago” by Neil Simon is a glimpse into the relationship of long-time friends, Stu Franklyn and his wife Gert and Mort Hollender and his wife Beth. The couples are taking a much-needed vacation together, but things unravel on the last leg of their journey when Beth is hurt during a mixed doubles tennis match. 

In “Visitor from Philadelphia”, also by Neil Simon, conservative middle-aged businessman Marvin Michaels awakens to discover a prostitute named Bunny unconscious in his bed after consuming a bottle of vodka. With his wife Millie on her way up to the suite, he must find a way to conceal all traces of his uncharacteristic indiscretion.

In James McClure’s “Laundry and Bourbon”, the action centres on the discontent and funny gossip of three small-town wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than was hoped for.

Noel Coward’s “Still Life” depicts the love affair of Alec and Laura across a 12-month period. The sadness of Alec and Laura's serious and secretive affair is contrasted throughout the play with the boisterous, uncomplicated relationship of Myrtle and Albert, two of the station staff.

The “Random Acts” series of plays is directed by Marlane O’Brien.

The Harbourfront Players chose “Random Acts” as their latest project to feature many of their old and new members and offer an old-fashioned night (or afternoon) of fun community theatre. Each individual one-act play will vary in length from 15 to 60 minutes, with complimentary coffee, tea and sweets served at intermission. Ticket prices will also be retro, at $12 and $8 per evening/afternoon for adults and students respectively, or just $20 (adult) and $12 (student) to see both sets of plays. Call the box office for details.


Organizations: Harbourfront Theatre

Geographic location: Chicago, Philadelphia

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