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A rom-com for the ages at Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Darrin Kennedy plays Leo in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two. - Submitted photo
Darrin Kennedy plays Leo in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two.
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The Chilliwack Players Guild presents Neil Simon’s captivating, Tony Award-winning, romantic comedy Chapter Two Nov. 17 to 26 in The Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

Simon, one of North America’s most popular and prolific playwrights, and creator of such resounding hits as The Odd Couple, The Goodbye Girl, Same Time Next Year  and Barefoot in The Park, to name but a few, never fails to provide top-class entertainment with his witty dialogue, colourful characters and comic situations. And so it is with Chapter Two.

The play takes place during the ’70s and is loosely based on Simon’s 22-week romance with actress Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl ). It is the perfect entertainment for a date night or girls’ night out before the holidays.

The plot is as follows: We meet 42-year-old recently widowed George Schneider who is trying to recover from the death of his wife Barbara. His younger brother Leo tries to encourage him to start dating again after a series of unsuccessful attempts. Then, recently divorced Jennie Malone has a blind date set up with George by her friend Faye. A whirlwind romance follows, until Jennie realizes that George isn’t quite yet ready to move on from Barbara.

The role of George Schneider will be played by Darrin Kennedy and Guild veteran Larry Hamm plays his brother Leo.

Denise Munroe-Weibe, who recently starred as Rose in the Guild production of Gypsy, is Jennie Malone and her friend Faye is played by Barbara Blom.

Guild member Becki Cormier makes her directorial debut in charge of this production, which is produced by Sue Klinck. Set design is by Tonny Cormier with costume design by Mary Spani. Stage manager is Nelly Fargeon.

Chapter Two plays Nov. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for students and seniors.

 

• For tickets and reservations call the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 604-3917469 or visit chilliwackculturalcentre.ca/tickets. Tickets are also available in person at the Box Office of the Cultural Centre at 9201 Corbould St. in Chilliwack.

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