Ladysmith Little Theatre’s
2016 / 2017 Season
The Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro
September 29th – October 16th
Directed by Mary Lou Reside
In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, awaits the imminent arrival of his art dealer. But the visit is not a standard one, for Jack feels wronged, and he is intending to kill the man. As Jack lays out his intentions for the evening, his wife, Annie, calmly paints. She is reluctant to go along with the plan, until Jack's threat of violence convinces her otherwise. Harried and annoyed, Vincent, Jack's flamboyant art dealer, arrives. Will Jack carry out his plan? Will Annie help him? Or is something else going on?
Sylvia by A. R. Gurney
November 25th – December 11th
Directed by Stephen Hall Lewis
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.
Divorce Sale by Linda Stockham
January 26th – February 12th
Directed by Charles L. Harman
As a soon-to-be divorcee holds a garage sale, her neighbors gather to help. In the process, their own marriages get the comic once-over. Bernice's suspicions about her spouse's faithfulness are driving him batty; Ozzie and Kay seem to have the perfect union -- but their friends have yet to learn the story behind it; and Wilma is convinced her late husband has come back as a plant. Throw in a tell-it-like-it-is medium and a raucous séance, and you have a hilarious and telling look at the flip-side of marital bliss.
ABSOLUTELY! (perhaps) by Luigi Pirandello
March 23rd – April 9th
Directed by Mort Paul
No one has ever seen Signor Ponza's wife and her mother Signora Frola together. Also, the neighbours have become suspicious because Signora Ponza never leaves her home and so they start asking questions ...Ponza claims that his wife is really his second wife, the first having died in an earthquake that destroyed all records
Meanwhile, his wife only pretends to be Signora Frola's daughter to humour Signora Frola, who, he claims, is insane
Absolutely Perhaps is a brilliant comedy on the elusive nature of identity and reality, and, like all of Pirandello'a work, shows truth as subjective and relative and drama itself a mystery.
Old Love by Norm Foster
May 18th – June 4th
Directed by Gordon McInnis
The story spans three decades and half a dozen meetings between Bud, a salesman, and Molly, his boss’s wife.He's recently divorced. She's newly-widowed. At her husband's funeral, an old acquaintance emerges to pay his respects, leading to a re-awakening of forgotten emotions.
This very funny play is written by Canada’s pre-imminent comic playwright, Norm Foster. His clever script will have audiences smiling, chuckling and laughing right out loud throughout the entire play.
Old Love will be our entry in the 2017 Theatre BC Festival.