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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, 2014.

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 up!

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.

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