'I Ought to be in Pictures' plays out in Maple Ridge

Theatre in the Country hosts Neil Simon’s play I Ought to be in Pictures until August 29. - Special to the TIMES
Theatre in the Country hosts Neil Simon’s play I Ought to be in Pictures until August 29.
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by Ronda Payne


Being a writer isn’t easy and Neil Simon knew it when he wrote his 1980 play I Ought to be in Pictures. To make things even harder on his main character (a struggling playwright) he threw in the complexities of family dysfunction.

There are plenty of laughs along with a few somber moments in the summer dinner theatre production for Theatre in the Country which runs until Aug. 29.

Glen Kask, a volunteer with the organization noted he believes Theatre in the Country is the only regularly scheduled dinner theatre in the Vancouver area. He helps the group put on its seven productions a year.

“I’m a volunteer there,” he said. “I sometimes act and I sometimes do other chores for them.”

With the coming production of I Ought to be in Pictures, Kask is behind the scenes as the performance consists of only three characters: Herb, his girlfriend Steffy, and his estranged daughter Libby.

Libby fancies herself a budding actress and travels across the country to seek out her father’s help breaking into Hollywood.

“Because this is a small theatre, it’s very intimate,” Kask said. “Which makes you really involved in the struggles of the characters.”

This is the third season for Theatre in the Country, which is held in a former elementary school. Not only is the atmosphere cozy, but the food is pretty good according to Kask who noted the current production includes a barbecue steak dinner.

To find out how Herb makes out with his writing and his family ties, contact Theatre in the Country at 604-259-9737 or visit www.theatreinthecountry.com.

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