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"Mother, when did you all go crazy?"

It's a question some that some of us may actually have wanted to ask at some point in our lives, but in this case it's posed by a character in Michael McKeever's comedy, 37 Postcards, coming to the Princess Avenue Playhouse March 27, 2014.

Wacky families have historically been great subjects for playwrights to poke fun at, and the Sutton family pulls out all the stops. The house is sinking. Nana, presumed dead, is living in a little room off the kitchen. Aunt Ester operates a, shall we say, colourful business via the family phone line. The family dog (also believed dead) has been running wild in the yard for years, and mother is somehow unaware of any of this, bless her oblivious heart.

This is what the son, Avery, collides with when he returns home with his fiancée in tow after an 8 year tour of Europe. Avery is about to introduce Gillian to a family who, he admits, doesn't come close to being normal and never has. Almost immediately Gillian is swept up and carried along by the zany energy powering this "well-appointed madhouse".

There's a ton of funny in this play, but there are also deeper, thought provoking moments. It's a tongue in cheek look at how we handle problems, and the effect our choices can have on anyone caught in the backwash.

The Elgin Theatre Guild (ETG) is a non-profit organization that has poured time, money, and energy into entertaining local audiences since casting The Boy Friend in 1967. Volunteers are always needed, and greatly appreciated. Memberships are also key to keeping your local theatre alive. Visit the website for more information: www.elgintheatreguild.ca

37 Postcards runs March 27-30, April 3-6, 2014 at the Princess Avenue Playhouse, corner of Princess and Elizabeth streets here in St. Thomas. Tickets are $16.00 each if purchased online or at Bell's Bookbin (call 519-878-4452) or $17.00 at the door.

Directors quote:

"It's a bit racy in parts, but this is a very funny script brought to life by a very talented cast. I've enjoyed watching the rehearsals so much that I almost wish I could stream it!" Steve Ogden

Cast:

Shirley Bentley: Nana (Grandmother)
Evelyn: Jessica Fediw (Mother)
Avery: Stephen T. Holmes (Avery)
Christopher F. Parker: Stanford (Father)
Jenna Reed: Aunt Ester (Aunt Ester)
Gillian: Kiersten Rozell (Gillian)


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