MULTI FACETED PLAY KICKS OFF KANATA THEATRE’S 46TH SEASON

Kanata Theatre’s audience gets lot of bang for the buck in the first show of the new season. You get 18 plays for the price of one in The Dining Room by American playwright A.R. Gurney.

And for the second year in a row the 46 year old community theatre opens with a handful of actors playing a whole lot of characters. This is an approach to theatre that Gurney seems to like. He used the device of having an actor play many parts in Sylvia, a memorable Kanata show in which the title role was that of a dog, played by a female actor. He also used it in his hit play, Later Life.

In its 46 year history Kanata Theatre has dabbled with this device in a number of other shows. In last year’s The 39 Steps five intrepid actors played innumerable parts with hilarious results. In Staff Room about 10 actors showed us more than 50 characters. In You’ll Get Used to It! The War Show a relatively small group of actors gave us a whole panoply of characters from the Andrews Sisters to Churchill to Neville Chamberlain.

The Dining Room gives us a funny and often thought provoking look at upper middle class society in a changing world. Blissfully unaware that their way of life, complete with maids and formal meals, is slowly eroding, young and old characters alike navigate their way through the little shoals and dramas of human existence.

And who are the courageous actors who are prepared to don these multiple identities? The men are Derek Barr, Tom Kobolak and Paul LeDuc. The many women’s roles are played by Liz Szucs, Karen Germundson and Anne-Marie Chronnell. These six actors are under the direction of Kanata Theatre veteran Barbara Kobolak.

Kanata Theatre’s production of The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney runs in the Ron Maslin Playhouse, 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox in Walter Baker Park, from Tuesday to Saturday September 16 to 20 and 23 to 27. Tickets are $20. Subscriptions for the five plays in the 2014-2015 season are available for $75. The Playhouse is accessible. Parking is abundant and free. You can get more information, subscribe, or buy tickets at kanatatheatre.com
or by calling the Kanata Theatre box office 613 831 4435.

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A HANDFUL OF ACTORS PLAY A WIDE RANGEOF ROLES IN KANATA THEATRE’S SEASON-OPENER THE DINING ROOMBY A.R. GURNEY

As challenging and thrilling for the actorsas it is entertaining for the audience, The Dining Roomeffectivelyemploys the use of individualactors playing multiple characters to great intrigue and success.

In this comedy of manners, Gurney tells the story of 18 different households, all overlapping and intertwining in a single upper-middle class American dining room. Characters range from little boys and Irish housemaids to stern grandfathers, and stories span across time, ultimately coming together to depict the erosion of the traditional White Anglo-Saxon Protestant way of life.

Opening Sept. 16th, the play runs for ten shows Tuesdays through Saturdays from Sept 16thuntil Sept. 27th. Ticketsare $20.00 andcan be purchased in advance by calling the box office at (613) 831-4435 or by visitingusonline. Tickets, subscriptions, and more information can all be found at www.kanatatheatre.com

 

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