Parrywinkle, Oct. 19, 2017

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un - currently dominating the world stage and for all the wrong reasons - would serve as an appropriate intro to a mini review of a play put on here in Hudson by local 'non-professional' thespians. But with tensions ratcheting up daily between the U.S. and North Korea, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announcing just last week that, as a direct result, the Doomsday Clock is now a scary 2 ½ minutes to midnight, how could I possibly resist?


BECKETT IN THE BARN - For the play in question, which closed last night (October 18) after five performances, was Endgame. The dark dystopian classic by Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Samuel Beckett, first staged in 1957 in which - in the abstract and possibly in a post-apocalyptic world - four characters desperately and at times comically try to hold on to their daily rituals in a futile attempt to create some sense of order within the repetitive nothingness of their existence.

Directed by Chris Gobeil and staged by the much-loved volunteer-based Hudson Players Club, which will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary next year making it the longest running English community theatre group in Canada, it certainly made for riveting stuff set, as it was, on a minimalistic stage in the unheated Barn Gallery behind the 2 Barn Owls Boutique on Main Road.

Bravo to Chris, crew, and to the talented cast comprising Glen Robinson, Calder Levine, Karen Delorme, and Wayne Saray for bravely bringing Beckett's thought-provoking - and most timely - play to our region in what can only be described as a dramatic departure from their traditional more lighter fare!


CHORISTER FOR A DAY - Speaking of invitations, how about this one? If you are a singer, a would-be singer, a never-was singer, or if you would just like to check out what the congregation looks like from a vantage point in the choir loft, then Hudson's Wyman Memorial United Church would love to hear from you.

I just learned from congregant, Bill Young, that on Sunday, October 29, they are inviting local residents, Wyman member or not, to become a Chorister for a Day - well, actually for the 10 a.m. service - at the church located at 513 Main.

Says Bill, “If interested, people should show up at 9:30 a.m. for a short rehearsal before the service and we will guide them through it. It promises to be fun, a way to perhaps meet new friends and, who knows, they may discover a talent they never knew they had!” What a great idea and the number to call for further info is (450) 458-4912.


BOOK NOW - At the same church, by the way, that very same weekend on Friday, October 27 (6:30 to 9 p.m.), and Saturday, October 28 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), there will be the massive bi-annual Used Book Sale with all proceeds going to help some 13 local and international worthwhile causes including Nova Hudson, Le Pont/Bridging food bank, Grannies Aid for Africa, and the Pure Art Foundation. A great way to stock up for your winter-reading library while helping others not so fortunate!


KOBO KATASTROPHE - And speaking of Nova, books, and presidents, had to laugh when I popped by the Hudson War Memorial Library recently and bumped into library volunteer, Peter Lang, who also happens to be president of Nova Hudson.

Apparently, Peter had just been reading Ayn Rand's classic, The Fountainhead, first published in 1943. However, he was doing so on his Kobo e-Reader as opposed to a hard- or softcover copy. And he was exactly 71 per cent through the 1,000-page book when disaster struck. For he was reading it in the bath! Guess what? He kind of dozed off, it slipped from his hands and in a nanosecond, kerplunk, it was under the water!

Laughed Peter, “Kind of embarrassing, James. But the Kobo, with its lit screen, is so convenient and great for reading during the evening or outside around a campfire. But definitely not in the bath! And now I'm just waiting to see if it dries out and I can pick up where I left off. If not, I'm sure I will find a copy here in the library.” Ah, you gotta love it! That's Hudson and ...

That's a wrap!


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