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Enjoy a Long Weekend with the Sidekick Players

Theatre company closes out its 27th season
Pictured Left to Right: Cathy Collis (Wynn), Erica Bearss (Abby), Doug Perri (Roger) and Jeff Pannell (Max) in the back row. Photo courtesy Sidekick Players

Sidekick Players presents The Long Weekend by Norm Foster opening Friday, June 14 and running to June 29 closing their 27th season.

Co-directed by Laura Sutherland-Smith and Carroll Lefebvre, The Long Weekend is a hilarious look at marriage and relationships and how the seeming normal or mundane can really be extremely dysfunctional – and vice versa. The result is a delightful two-act comedy about four characters who really don’t like each other — and two of the worst long weekends ever.

When Max (Jeff Pannell) and Wynn (Cathy Collis) invite their friends Roger (Doug Perri) and Abby (Erica Bearss) up for a weekend at their country home, the true nature of their relationships unfolds.

What follows is a hysterical battle of innuendos and attitudes where secrets are revealed, poor decisions are made, and it becomes clear that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.

Yes, The Long Weekend is a very funny play. You might ask how a show about four flawed characters who don’t even want to be in the same room together can be so entertaining. One reason is because the personality flaws of the characters give them dimension and keep the conflict interesting and fresh. You’re just never sure just how the characters are going to react to one another.

There’s also a series of twists from the first to the second act that makes you wonder how it’s all going to come out in the end. But what makes this play so much fun to watch is the strength of the four actors who so clearly enjoy working together.

Truth be told, it could be a lot raunchier, but Foster is a master at generating laughs without crossing the line. It’s all lighthearted comedy that combines to make this another in the long list of classics from Foster.

The Long Weekend opens June 14 and runs to June 29 with shows Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reserve seats by calling 604-288-2415. All performances are held at The Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172 56th Street.