Ladysmith Little Theatre is kicking off its 10th season with Opening Night, a wacky comedy by Canadian playwright Norm Foster.
"All of Norm Foster's plays are not only really funny but have a lot of insight into people and relationships," said Debbie Williams who is not only directing the play but also playing a lead female role.
"If he hasn't done psychology, he should do because he had a great way of showing people's characters but it's subtle. He lets the audience discover the insights as the play goes along."
And, she said, Foster's characters are the kind of people we recognize in our families, friends and ourselves. "Everyone can really relate to these characters and their stories."
Opening Night is a play within a play; the story of Ruth and Jack who are celebrating their
25th wedding anniversary by going to dinner and the theatre.
Of course it's complicated by the fact that Jack would rather be at home watching Game 7 of the World Series while Ruth is hoping a night out will rekindle some romance, or at least help her get over a bad case of emptynest syndrome.
The story is further complicated by another relationship with problems, that of the director of the play Ruth and Jack have gone to see, and his ladylove who are also suffering the nerves of the opening night of their production.
"As the play goes along, the characters discover things about each other and about themselves, and I think that's part of what appeals to me about this play," Williams said.
"Each character has their own story and it's mirrored in the other characters. It's great watching the epiphanies they have as they go along."
For Williams, the only real challenge of this production is that of her dual roles on and off-stage.
"I have acted before and I have directed but this is the first time I am trying to balance them both in tandem," Williams said. "It can be hard when I'm up on stage to envision what it's looking like from the audience, but I've had the help of numerous other pairs of eyes in the group."
In fact, she said, everyone involved in the production is so skilled that she has had plenty of advice and not had to worry about other people doing their jobs. "Whether they're doing costumes, set design, painting, producing, they're all just jumping right to the challenge." Opening Night runs until Sept. 29 at Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Rd. Showtimes are 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 29. Call 250-924-0658 for tickets.
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