‘Crim­i­nals in Love’ ex­tended

High­land Arts The­atre adds per­for­mance due to pop­u­lar de­mand

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

The High­land Arts The­atre has added an ex­tra per­for­mance to the sec­ond pro­duc­tion of its 2017 sea­son, “Crim­i­nals in Love.”

“It’s a hi­lar­i­ous, of­ten ridicu­lous look at an all too real prob­lem,” said Wes­ley J. Col­ford, HAT’s artis­tic di­rec­tor. “Peo­ple feel they don’t have “le­git­i­mate” op­tions and so they turn to crime. It’s an eco­nomic is­sue as much as social. We’ve tried to frame it in terms peo­ple will rec­og­nize.”

“Crim­i­nals in Love” is a Cana­dian com­edy-drama about a fam­ily of in­com­pe­tent crim­i­nals and what hap­pens when the youngest of their crime em­pire chooses love over his ap­par­ent “jail­bird” destiny.

Hi­lary Scott, who di­rected this Cape Bre­ton de­but, chose to set it in con­tem­po­rary Syd­ney.

The lo­cal cast in­cludes Jenna La­hey, Phonse Walsh, Ge­orge MacKen­zie, Mary-Jean Doyle, and Ni­cole Dro­han.

Sean Sul­li­van will make his Cape Bre­ton de­but as the whim­si­cal and way­laid street per­son, Wil­liam. Sul­li­van is orig­i­nally from the U.S. but is cur­rently based in Toronto, where he met and worked with Col­ford sev­eral years ago. Along with decades of stage act­ing, Sul­li­van’s cred­its in­clude roles in the cult films “Wayne’s World” and “Back to the Fu­ture III.”

The ex­tended pro­duc­tion, which opened Mon­day, now runs ev­ery night un­til Satur­day at 8 p.m. at the High­land Arts The­atre, 40 Bentinck St. Tick­ets are $25 ($15 for stu­dents and youth 23 and un­der) and can be pur­chased at the HAT Box Of­fice, open 11–4, Mon­day-Fri­day, over the phone at (902) 565-3637, or by vis­it­ing the High­land Arts The­atre web­site: www.high­landart­sthe­atre.com.

CHRIS WALZAK/SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The cast of “Crim­i­nals In Love”

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