Morris Panych (Vigil, 7 Stories, The Girl In The Goldfish Bowl) is one of Canada's most prolific and consistently fine playwrights. Now a new company, Scrim for Rent Productions, is mounting one of his darkest comedies.
Classic two-hander Lawrence & Holloman concerns a hotshot suit salesman who befriends a down-on-his-luck guy. Gradually, in a series of Job-like occurrences, the former's luck begins to run out.
Veteran comic Jerry Schaefer, who's worked on The Kids In The Hall and The Red Green Show and is a regular at Comedy Bar's weekly Improv Show, stars as Holloman, while Trent McMullen, better known for his film and TV work (Last Night, Small Town Murder Songs), plays Lawrence.
Noted TV producer and writer Jane Ford directs the show at the Winchester Kitchen and Bar. Hmm... perhaps you can grab a drink and nibble on some food while taking in the action?
Opens Monday (June 11). See listings.
Next in line
Audiences got a taste of the multiple award-winning show Next To Normal a year ago, when the Broadway tour hit town for several weeks. Now Clearwater Theatre Company presents its own production in a more intimate venue.
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's uncompromising musical looks at how a woman's mental illness affects her family.
The strong cast includes Kathryn Akin (who plays the demanding lead in the show in a Theatre Calgary/Citadel co-pro later this year), Jay Davis (Living With Henry and I Love You Because), Sara Farb (The Wizard Of Oz, Edges: A Song Cycle) and Adrian Marchuk (Jersey Boys).
The musical, which features a rock band, promises to be a raw and stripped down production at the smallish Tarragon Extra Space.
Previews tonight (Thursday, June 7) and opens June 8. See listings.