Inspired by enthusiasm surrounding the recent Okanagan Zone Theatre Festival (held at the Frank Venables Theatre), we have decided to up our game. For the first time, SOAP will present three plays during its 2016-17 season:
Fall: Boeing-Boeing is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti.
It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.
Winter: Don't Dress for Dinner is a 2-act play, also by French playwright Marc Camoletti, and is somewhat of a sequel to Boeing-Boeing.
Bernard, no longer a bachelor playboy, is married and living in a converted farmhouse outside Paris. With his wife Jacqueline off to visit her mother, Bernard is salivating over a weekend romp with his mistress Suzanne. Also expected for the weekend is old pal Robert. Unbeknownst to Bernard, he is having an affair with Jacqueline, who swiftly cancels on mother when she gets wind of her paramour’s arrival.
Prime source of the play’s accelerating confusion is Suzette, a Cordon Bleu chef hired by Bernard for the evening. Given their similar names, Robert initially assumes she is Bernard’s mistress and passes her off as his date to cover for his friend. By the time he wises up, it’s too late to correct the mistake without exposing either his own hanky-panky or his buddy’s. Unfazed by the eccentricities of her clients, Suzette is happy to play along and pose as Robert’s girlfriend, niece or whatever, extorting additional payments from both men for each fresh layer of deception.
Spring: Since You Left Us is a 2-act comedy by Vancouver playwright Susinn McFarlen.
So complex is McFarlen’s ridiculously funny script that she manages to seamlessly transition from the farce of act one, where plot takes second fiddle to pretty much everything else, to the ultimately sobering black comedy we find in act two. In act two, McFarlen ups the ante with a black comedy that includes a wild funeral and a sobering realization that, here quite literally, no matter how hard you try you can’t escape the influence that family has on your life.
SOAP will be casting for our Spring show, Since You Left Us, by Canadian Playwright Susinn McFarlen sometime in mid January. Please keep an eye this website, as a formal announcement will be made in early December.
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