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By Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard Friday, May 5, 2017 7:10:35 EDT PM For its final production of the year, King's Town Players turns to a novella many of us read in high school. Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, tells the story of George (Zorba Dravillas) and Lennie (Clayton Garrett), two drifters moving from job to job as ranch hands in California all the while dreaming of having their own spread some day. George, who's smart and protective of his friend, leads, while man-child Lennie, large and overly strong, but not smart, follows him wherever. The opening scene, in…
While the title of the King's Town Players' latest production is Heroes, the war veterans at the centre of it certainly don't live up to the billing. The comedy was originally written in French by Gerald Sibleyras, and the translation of the popular play was entrusted to noted British playwright Tom Stoppard, who added some zingers and stinging dialogue. The play takes place in 1959 in France, at a home for First World War veterans. Three of them -- Henri (David Lay), Phillipe (Rob Bruce) and Gustave (Barry Yuen) -- spend their time on its terrace chatting, arguing and reminiscing…
By Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard Friday, January 27, 2017 4:47:40 EST PM I don't know about you, but I have, on occasion, been sitting in a coffee shop when the tone of the conversation between patrons at a nearby table changes and I find myself drawn toward it. I try to be discreet, casually trying to listen in while pretending to read whatever it is I'm holding. I most certainly would have eavesdropped had I been in the same cafe as Dan and Jeff (Brent Neely, Matthew Davis), the two characters in the dark comedy Years to the Day, the newest…
By Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard Friday, December 9, 2016 4:43:23 EST PM One of the things I’ve always loved about those old Bugs Bunny cartoons is that I found them funny when I was a kid — usually when Yosemite Sam got his comeuppance — and also when I was an adult, thanks to the clever comedic nuggets I totally missed when I was younger. King’s Town Players’ new production of Sleeping Beauty aims for something similar, an entertaining show for children and parents alike. Writer and director Steven Spencer has spun the classic tale into a panto — a musical…
By Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:58:48 EDT PM KINGSTON - I can’t say what it is, exactly, about an Irish accent that makes cuss words that much funnier, but they are, and I know I’m not alone. Take the audience at the opening performance of King’s Town Players’ production of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy, The Cripple of Inishmaan, which opened the troupe’s new season Wednesday evening. Every time someone cussed with conviction, at least a few hearty chuckles followed. The title alone suggests it might not be the most politically correct production, and what ensued certainly proved…
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