Love, lust and a whole lotta laughter
SYDNEY — A classic French farce will heat up the Boardmore Playhouse stage this week.
The Cape Breton University Dramagroup’s production of George Feydeau and Maurice Desavallieres’ Hotel Paradiso opens tonight with a pay-what-you-can performance at 7 p.m. The play will then run each night this week through Saturday at 7 p.m., and end its run with a 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday.
Hotel Paradiso tells the story of a group of refined people stealing through the halls and rooms of a cheap hotel comically intent on romantic dalliances. The character list in the three-act play include a henpecked husband who arrives in disguise with his friend’s wife, a tottering octogenarian and a chorus girl, a housing inspector investigating ghosts, a nosy bellboy, and a host of others, including the police who raid the joint at the second act curtain.
Director Bruce Cathcart describes the play as a tantalizing mixture of morality tale, vaudeville, and romance.
“Farce is always a treat to produce. The work is insanely funny, primarily because it holds up a mirror to human failing but in a way that makes the image easy to watch. The play’s twists and turns are reflections of how fate and circumstance can ruin our best laid plans — in this case with hilarious results,” he said.
Tickets to Hotel Paradiso are $10, with students and seniors receiving a discounted rate of $8. For tickets or information call the CBU Boardmore Playhouse box office at 563-1652.
Josie Sobol and Scott Sharplin rehearse a scene from Hotel Paradiso, which opens tonight at the Boardmore Playhouse at CBU. Submitted by Todd Hiscock