Metro Theatre Vancouver is opening its 59th season with Ladner flavor at the helm of its first production.
Ladner resident Catherine Morrison is directing Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy Round and Round The Garden while also serving as the costume designer on the production.
Ladner’s Les Erskine is the general manager, technical director, set designer and lighting designer for the show.
The production runs Oct. 1 to 16 Thursdays to Sundays.
Ayckbourn is a master of depicting the comic amidst the real everyday hurt, frustration, insecurity, and desire experienced by normal people and his characters exhibit very recognizable traits and dilemmas.
The confusions and interactions happen at the home of sibling, Annie, who cares for her invalid mother. She is single, but is friends with her neighbour, Tom, a vet.
An unspoken attraction exists between the two, but Tom’s inability to express his emotions further than tending to Annie’s cat leads to a simmering frustration on her part. Her brother, Reg and sister-in-law, Sarah, are coming to stay and take over mother’s care so that Annie can go away for a break. However, no one is aware that Annie’s brother-in-law, Norman, is the one who is whisking her away. Certainly not his wife, Ruth, who is also Annie’s sister. What a tangle! You may think so but events become even more complicated with hilarious consequences.
“The play is funny and topical,” says Morrison. “It examines human relationships, like family and marriage, through a humour lens.”
Tickets are $31.50 for senior/students or $34.50 for adults (plus GST) and can be reserved by calling 604-266-7191 or book online at metrotheatre.com.
Metro Theatre is located at 1370 Marine Drive in Vancouver.