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Norm Foster's odd couple moves to Hudson in hilarious poignant comedy


IMAGE COURTESY HUDSON VILLAGE THEATRE

In a small town with a definite ageing population and with many long-time residents contemplating moving into assisted-living retirement homes in the region, Norm Foster's latest comedy opening at Hudson Village Theatre next week promises to be not only a barrel of laughs but also seemingly so appropriate and poignant.

An immediate hit when it premiered at Theatre Orangeville in Ontario two years ago, it is titled Jonas and Barry in the Home. And it tells the touching tale of the relationship between two retirees (Jonas and Barry) as they search for friendship, love, sex and elusive happiness in Gateway Gardens, an assisted-living home.

To be more specific, grumpy, curmudgeonly Barry has recently retired to Gateway where his daughter Rosie works. She keeps a close watch on him as he tries to fit into a place where he feels uncomfortable.

Enter Jonas, a suave, witty, sophisticated new retiree with a very healthy libido. While Jonas tries to find dates, Barry complains. An unlikely friendship develops between this odd couple, and we follow their side-splittingly funny shenanigans in a laugh-a-minute journey as they search for clever ways to spice up their lives and the lives of those around them.

Says HVT’s Artistic Director, Matthew Tiffin, “I’m so thrilled to offer audiences the Quebec premiere of this play. I saw it on its final night in Morrisburg and the crowd jumped to their feet the minute the lights went down and gave three curtain calls.

PHOTO COURTESY ELIZABETH HARWOOD

Dean Patrick Fleming has his hands full directing the odd couple, Jonas and Barry, on stage at Hudson Village Theater.

“To call it a crowd-pleaser would be an understatement,” Tiffin continued, “and it’s easy to see why. Norm Foster’s genius shines at every joke, every turn of phrase, and at every moment of poignancy between these loveable characters.”

Starring HVT favourites Don Anderson as Jonas and Glen Bowser as Barry, with Amanda MacDonald as Rosie and directed by Dean Patrick Fleming, it runs at Hudson Village Theatre, June 14 through July 2, and for reservations call the Box Office at (450) 458-5361 or go to villagetheatre.ca.

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