There is a fine line between having no idea what the truth is and living in denial to avoid it.
In the Sidekick Players Club's 16th season opener, The Affections of May, May Henning (Laura Sutherland-Smith) teeters on that tightrope between ignorance and denial until one fateful morning she has no choice but to fall to reality.
Written by Canada's most prolific playwright, Norm Foster, and directed for Sidekick by Carroll Lefebvre, the play opens next month at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre.
May is the owner of a bed and breakfast in the town of Grogan's Cove. She is deserted by her husband Brian (Simon Mortimer-Lamb), who has decided that small town life is not for him, and so he's returned to the big city leaving May to fend for herself.
And, like in any small town, word spreads fast, and May soon finds herself not only the talk of the town but also a potential mate for the single men who jump at the chance to snag an eligible female. This is how she begins to see a lot more of Hank (Ted Hubert), the local bank manager and an awkward, nice-guy who never got beyond highschool, never left his mom or his outdated views of himself.
A romantic comedy, the show is the perfect balance between entertainment and realistic, relatable circumstances. There is no one who hasn't suffered the sting of a relationship gone sour, the shock when it seems to happen out of the blue and the range of emotions that happens before one is eventually able see through the fog and begin to live again.
For May, the haze begins to clear after she meets Quinn (Derek Christiansen), a lost, but charming soul, who like May needs a fresh start, in a bad way. The town black sheep, he too needs to overcome his past and the two quickly start to unravel and then heal one another.
Despite what it might sound like, it isn't a "chick play" and men will be able to relate to a lot of what both Hank and Quinn experience throughout this show. Situations such as being stuck in the same spot, hoping for the affections of a woman and mustering up the courage to take a risk.
It is one of those shows that makes you feel like you are a fly on the wall in someone's living room. It's full of authentic and honest moments that takes the audience on a journey through raw pain and anger, laughter and happy moments.
Hubert, Christiansen and Mortimer-Lamb are all Sidekick Twelve Angry Men alumni and return to the stage with long-time member and award winning actress Sutherland-Smith.
The Affections of May runs from Sept. 13 to 29 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday only) at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre. All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.
Seating is limited, so call 604-288-2415 to reserve tickets. Bistro seating offers refreshments for purchase to be enjoyed during the performance.