Mother and son on stage and beyond

Colin MacLean
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It's a play about a clingy mother and her adult momma's boy son, being played by a mother and son.
But the author swears fantasy does not mirror reality.
No, really - it doesn't.
Well, maybe a little.

Karen Slater and her son Brent are playing fictional mother and son in her debut play “Harold,” during the upcoming Harbourfront Players series "Random Acts."

"Not to that extent," laughs Karen Slater, author of "Harold."

The Margate resident and long-time member of the Harbourfront Players theatre group is getting her first chance to have one of her plays performed for the public.

It's part of Player's upcoming Random Acts series of one-act plays at Harbourfront Theatre on Feb. 22, and 23 and March 8 and 9.

"Harold" will open each night.

Slater has been writing for years, but this is the first play she's written that will get some stage time.

It's a comedy about an unemployed man in his 30s, who lives at home and is more than happy to let his mother look after him.

The mother one day mentions that he should meet a nice girl and move out on his own. But when he finally does meet someone, she gets jealous. Hilarity ensues.

As an added bonus, Slater will be performing in the production with her actual son Brent. It's a great opportunity, said Slater, and she's thankful to her fellow Harbourfront Players for taking a chance on her work.

"I'm very excited - for one thing Marlane O'Brien is directing for us, and she's amazing. Just the fact that she accepted it to do was exciting," she said.

Slater deserves a lot of credit for her work, said O'Brien and she suspects Random Acts spectators will appreciate her freshman effort.

"What I like particularly about the piece is that, like short story, it has a surprise ending that's quite fun," said O'Brien.

"That's not always an easy thing to do. Plays have to have a certain flow . . . and they have to be engaging," she said.

"It's a perfect introduction to the evening."

In addition to "Harold," Random Acts plays will feature a number of other popular productions.

"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.

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 are set 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 Players theatre, Player's

Geographic location: Margate, Chicago, Philadelphia

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  • Sandra sheridan
    February 15, 2014 - 14:43

    Great story! We are very proud of Karen . . . in all her "roles"!! The first two performances have been postponed . . . Now March 1, 2, 8, 9. See you at the Harbourfront!