Di­rec­tor of fi­nesses Fey­deau’s fran­tic French farce

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verybody’s hav­ing a ball,” di­rec­tor Bruce Cath­cart says about the cast of his lat­est pro­duc­tion, Ho­tel Par­adiso. “It’s great to see at re­hearsals how much they en­joy it.”

Ho­tel Par­adiso is a French bed­room farce by the mas­ter of the genre Ge­orge Fey­deau (with Mau­rice Des­val­lieres) and runs this week at the Board­more Play­house as part of the Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Dra­m­a­group’s 39th Sea­son of Plays.

“Boni­face plans a ren­dezvous with his neigh­bour’s wife at the Ho­tel Par­adiso,” Cath­cart ex­plains. “But then all kinds of peo­ple that they know show up, and there are all kinds of mis­taken iden­ti­ties be­fore the po­lice raid the ho­tel and ar­rest them all.”

Last year, Cath­cart’s di­rected Fid­dler On The Roof that packed the Board­more The­atre with wildly ap­pre­cia­tive audiences. Par­adiso re-unites the di­rec­tor with many of Fid­dler’s cast.

“ We have Josie Sobol, Jonathan Collins, David Hutchin­son, and Carol Ann MacDougall,” Cath­cart says. “As well as Scott Sharplin, Joanne Cantwell, Greg Wood­ford and Donna Martin.”

Ge­orge MacKen­zie charmed audiences with his dy­namic per­for­mance as “Tevye” in Fid­dler and leads the cast of 19 ac­tors in Par­adiso as the hen­pecked Boni­face.

“We’ve been re­hears­ing once a week since Oc­to­ber,” he ex­plains. “Ev­ery­body is work­ing to keep it mov­ing, keep the cues quick, since farces need to be fast paced.

“The big­gest chal­lenge was how to ac­com­mo­date two sets with six doors on one stage with no wing space, no fly loft,” Cath­cart, who also the Board­more’s res­i­dent set de­signer, says. “I think we ac­com­plished it.”

Ho­tel Par­adiso opens at the Board­more on Tues­day at 7 p.m., with a pay-what-you-can/food­bank-do­na­tion per­for­mance. Its evening per­for­mances con­tinue from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day, all at 7 p.m. Its fi­nal per­for­mance is Sun­day, Feb., at 2 p.m.

Cath­cart says the dra­m­a­group has not made a fi­nal de­ci­sion on next year’s mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion, but he would love to di­rect an­other one like Fid­dler with big cho­ruses and lots of kids.

And also on Tues­day, the sec­ond edi­tion of Au­thors With Glasses Read­ing Se­ries takes the stage at 7 p.m. at Gov­er­nor’s Pub on the Es­planade in Syd­ney.

Host Wendy Martin of CBC Ra­dio will em­cee and short story writer Donna Troicuk (the forth­com­ing Loose Pearls and Other Sto­ries) and nov­el­ist Su­san Zet­tell ( The Check Out Girl) will read from their work. And there is also an open mic part of the pro­gram.

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