The pen of Norm Foster finds humour in the face of tragedy in the dark comedy The
Melville Boys which opened at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre June 12,
The Melville Boys is the play which launched Foster's career, being he first
of his plays to be picked up and produced nationally across the country. Wry and
witty, it fully captures the essence of the male sibling relationship, taking us
on a merry jaunt as younger brother moves from "party animal" into familial responsibility
- kicking and screaming all the way.
Dwayne Adams is highly believable in the role of the serious, straight laced and
ultra-responsible older brother who, dying from melanoma, tries to get his younger
brother alone to have a serious conversation with "Little Brother" about taking
care of his family after "Big Brother" dies. Good luck with that when there is beer,
fishing and girls available to capture L'il Bro's attention. Andrew Musselman is
excellent in making denial a true art form as he very deliberately avoids all attempts
at serious conversation.
But Foster did not ignore the female sibling relationship. Eilsabeth Lagerlof is
the sexy, blonde bombshell younger sister who knows how to have a good time and
is determined to have one, even if married-but-separated older sister Rachel Jones
is reluctant to be dragged along for the ride.
In what is now typical Foster fashion, both the humour and sentiment flow when these
two relationships collide.
Masterfully directed by Simon Joynes and unfolded on an amazing set created by Josh
Quinlan in which great attention was paid to the details, this cast of characters
got a richly deserved standing ovation for the opening night performance. Two thumbs
The play runs until July 5th, 2014 and it's one you will want to put first on your
"plan to attend" list for summer stock theatre this year.
PSFT 2014 Playbill