August 7 – September 1

ODD DUCKS: A ROMP

By Bryden MacDonald

Welcome to the small town of Tartan Cross, Nova Scotia, where the lives of four fortysomethings have become so intertwined that something needs to change. In this 2015 Governor General Award nominated play, Atlantic playwright Bryden MacDonald traps his four odd ball characters at the brink –  and then let’s the comedy fly from there.

Meet Ambrose Archibald: a charming reprobate, and the type of guy who rants philosophically to the stars, mooches beer from his friends, and thinks he’s God’s gift to women. He’s having an affair with the beautiful Mandy Menzies, the former high school beauty queen now stuck in a marriage of convenience. Her housekeeper, Estelle Carmichael, has seen it all, but her prickly exterior belies a loving heart. The dryly funny Freddy Durdle provides the perfect counterbalance to over-the-top Ambrose.

“The writing sizzles and sings … the play builds to a great finish.” – Chronicle Herald (2012)

“The dialogue is snappy, the laughs are frequent.” – The Coast (2012)

Show Times:
Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm
(July 3rd and July 4th are Pay What You Can)

Running Time:
Approx. 85 minutes

Why I chose this show:
Playwright Bryden MacDonald is a Nova Scotia treasure and any opportunity to bring his work back to the stage should be taken. The play examines the rural experience through tender humour and the perspectives of four oddball characters that seem almost to familiar.

Odd Ducks was commissioned, developed and produced by the Chester Playhouse with the support of the NS Dept of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Canada Council and presented as part of the Chester Playhouse Summer Theatre Festival 2012

CAST

Ambrose: Kevin Curran
Estelle: Ryanne Chisholm
Mandy: Samantha Wilson
Freddy: Jake Willett

CREATIVES
Playwright: Bryden MacDonald
Director: Jack Paterson
Sound Design & Composition: Aaron Collier
Set & Lighting Designer: Garrett Barker
Stage Manager: Kirsti Bruce

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