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Sidekick Players set to close its 25th season

Jonas and Barry in the Home runs June 2 to 25 at Tsawwassen Arts Centre
Sidekick final Norm Foster play
Pictured left to right; Ken Fynn (Jonas Ainsworth), Sarah Green (Rosie Voight) and Pat McDermott (Barry Butterfield).

Local theatre group Sidekick Players brings the curtain down on its 25th season in June with another offering from playwright Norm Foster.

Jonas and Barry in the Home runs June 2 to 25 at Tsawwassen Arts Centre.

Foster’s quick wit is strong in this lighthearted buddy comedy about living life to its fullest. 

“I guarantee you will laugh. That’s right, I guarantee it. Now, that’s not a money back guarantee. I’m a playwright not a fool,” states Foster.

Barry (Pat McDermott) is annoyed that he’s already living in a seniors’ home at 67, but it’s worth it to live near his daughter, Rosie (Sarah Greene).

Rosie, who works at the home, brought him in so he wouldn’t be alone in case he has a heart attack like his father, brother, and uncle did before they were 65, so, Barry spends his time shuffling around in his slippers, taking naps, and having dinner with Rosie, and that’s good enough for him. 

But Barry doesn’t get to revel in the quiet for long. Enter the loquacious and flirtatious Jonas, who wrote one hit song 37 years ago. Jonas (Ken Fynn) likes to indulge in the finer things in life, like decadent dates and nice clothes, and he sees Barry the curmudgeon as a fixer upper. As they bicker and bond over women, sports, and family values, Jonas and Barry must learn to open up and face how to keep living their lives. 

“We are pleased to welcome newcomer, Ken Fynn and welcome back Pat McDermott and Sarah Greene,” said director Carroll Lefebvre. “Ken resides in Chilliwack and Pat in Abbotsford, and they have been travelling back-and-forth because they love these characters and the play. The three actors have amazing chemistry and it’s hard to think of them as anything but Jonas, Barry and Rosie.”

Lefebvre is also pleased to welcome back Margaret Currivan as her assistant. 

Evening performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) and three matinees on June 5, 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors.

COVID-19 health measures are still in place, so everyone must show their vaccination passport. Due to limited seating, reserving early is advised. To reserve seats call 604-288-2415.

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