Norm Foster's jaw-dropping dramatic comedy Drinking Alone opened to a packed
house at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre on August 22, 2013, to begin its extended
run to close out the theatre's 2013 season.
True to his now well-established style, Foster's dialogue is often quite blunt.
Add a grown son who hires an escort to pass her off as his fiancée to his estranged
father, a grown bitter sister who is too fond of her alcohol, and "the other woman",
and you begin to get the picture of how crazy lies and hurt feelings set the stage
for some outlandish, frequently off-colour, jaw-dropping laughs.
But just as Foster never loses sight of the drama in this story telling, neither
do the actors. Jamie Williams is convincingly real in his portrayal of the son-now-a-man
abandoned by his father. Kate Gordon is the wounded and damaged sister who married
a father figure. John Turner is marvellous as the crotchety father who placed his
own needs first and now has second thoughts. Shirley Barr is delightful as the airy
butterfly "other woman" who rounds out the scenes but is almost superfluous to the
But what will have you laughing until your sides hurt, and gasping at the ease,
audacity and complexity of her lies, is Karen Parker as the escort/fiancée. She
turns on a dime from nervous Nellie to woeful weeping, to take charge fiancée, to
The set design by David Court, from the University of Windsor, is outstanding, and
kudos must be given to the production crew it bringing it all together so quickly
- especially with all that woodgrain!
Family reconciliation never had it so funny. Three thumbs up and running until September
14, 2013, come see how it ends.
PSFT 2013 Playbill