Home and then off to my last session with Joe on this fantastic machine...
I have no idea why this copy came out this way makes for a long read, pun intended!!!!
Joe is a quiet gentle soul and I have been working with him since November and he has changed my life and my body..thanks JOE!!!
This afternoon was full of chores in town and some packing and sorting out my stuff.
Tonight I am going to the local theater called Play readers where they actually read the script...this was the play I really like his work and this should be the best!!!!
|Jonas & Barry in the Home: funny, poignant|
Norm Foster’s new play, Jonas & Barry in the Home, which had its world premiere at Theatre Orangeville on Oct. 5, is reliably very funny and rather poignant. Basically, as this is a play to be seen not exposed in advance, the story involves two seniors who have moved into a luxurious “assisted living” home, Gateway Gardens.
Barry Butterfield, a retired dentist, still a good three years on the sunny side of 70, and newly arriving bon vivant retired actor Jonas Ainsworth, meet on the veranda and fall easily into conversation and friendship. Giving balance to the whole is Barry’s daughter Rosie, who is employed at Gateway Gardens as social convenor. It is she who persuaded her father to move into the home after his heart attack, primarily to keep an eye on him and, otherwise, to mend their somewhat broken relationship.
The humour and the heartstrings are all tied up in the dialogue, at which Norm Foster is a master. He, as Jonas, and Theatre Orangeville Artistic Director David Nairn, playing Barry, dash the lines back and forth with that stunning cleverness and offbeat humour, so intrinsic to Norm Foster’s creative work. There are moments when the conversation between the two men is so funny and outrageous that, on opening night, they had to wait for the audience to collectively catch its breath from laughing so hard, clapping their hands and twittering (as opposed to tweeting), before the two of them could continue.
Old pros that they are, the time it took for the audience to settle was longer than you might think but they passed the moments adjusting as one to the other, trying to deal with the remark that had caused the hilarity in the first place. It was really remarkable, really fun.
Barry’s daughter Rosie, with the delightful Perrie Olthuis in the role, brings to light the stories of each of them, the heartbreaks and the eternal questions of failing, repentance and – what next? However, Norm Foster never lectures – his dialogue is as close to as it would be to people actually in his given circumstances, not on a stage. He defies the pretense of the stage and plunks simple reality into the exchanges between his characters. So, the situations he recreates belong to anyone; everyone identifies and laughs and cries right along with the actors telling the tales.
A single setting, the beautiful set having been designed by Beckie Morris, Theatre Orangeville’s Production Manager, tells the whole picture of Gateway Gardens, in which all the comedy and drama take place.
Jonas and Barry in the Home is all that we have come to appreciate from Mr. Foster over the past years of regularly enjoying his plays here.
You have read and seen photos of my Dad's Brother, Uncle Bram and Aunt Rita are happily announcing the arrival of their first Great grand child, Oliver....congratulations to all the family and welcome to the Pearson clan!!!!!