Rivercity Players is currently rehearsing In Praise of Love, a dramatic comedy by the award winning English playwright Sir Terence Rattigan.
It will be their entry in Theatre BC’s North Island Zone Drama Festival.
“It is a superbly constructed and well written script, with challenging parts for all the actors involved, “ says the director Bill Walton, who came within two points of winning the festival a couple of years ago with another Rattigan play, the Winslow Boy.
The story of the play is based on the relationship of Rex Harrison and his wife, Kay Kendall. Kendall died in 1959 of leukemia. She knew her days were numbered but carried on working right to the end and kept her condition a secret from Harrison.
However, Harrison found out about it but kept his knowledge from her; a sad but strangely humorous situation considering the personalities involved.
Rattigan pulls out all the humour and pathos of the story. He transfers the situation to two imaginary characters, Sebastien, a left leaning theatre critic, and Lydia, his wife, an ex-resistance fighter from WWII. He adds a politically involved son and a rich American writer friend who is in love with Lydia, and he creates a wonderfully entertaining play. In Praise of Love runs May 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, and 16 with a matinee on May 17 at 2 p.m. before it transfers to the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni where it will be performed on May 21.
The Stage at 1080 Hemlock Street is a small 90 seat theatre so patrons are advised to get their tickets early for this limited performance show.
Tickets can be purchased at Art Impressions Custom Framing, Comfort Zone Foods, and Campbell River Laundromat.