Love, lust and a whole lotta laugh­ter

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

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

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