Mira Play­ers heat up spring with ‘Hot­bed Ho­tel’

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/Entertainment - Ken Chisholm The Cen­tre Isle Ken Chisholm lives in Syd­ney and has writ­ten plays, songs, re­views, mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles. He can be reached at the­cen­ter­isle@gmail.com.

The Mira Play­ers opened their lat­est pro­duc­tion last week­end (and un­for­tu­nately other com­mit­ments pre­vented me from see­ing it) but ev­ery­thing I have heard about it says it was a rous­ing suc­cess. And no won­der, the Play­ers have been en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences for three laugh-filled decades.

“Hot­bed Ho­tel” by Michael Parker is the kind of risqué farce com­edy that is some­what new for the Mira Play­ers. Un­der the as­sured di­rec­tion of Kelly Lynn Kirk, the Play­ers’ artis­tic direc­tor for the last few years, I’m sure it will be a great evening of laughs and a nice, if a tiny bit naughty, Mother’s Day week­end out­ing.

The two fi­nal per­for­mances are Fri­day and Satur­day at the Mar­ion Bridge Re­cre­ation Com­mu­nity Cen­tre with doors open at 5 p.m. and the per­for­mance start­ing around 6 p.m. The $25 ticket price in­cludes a full course meal (in­clud­ing dessert). Tick­ets are avail­able at Mullin’s Rite Stop, and by call­ing Beth at 902-7272325 for more in­for­ma­tion.

An­other Mother’s Day theatre of­fer­ing (with fin­ger sand­wiches and sweets) is “Con­spic­u­ous­ness Con­spic­u­ous­ness” writ­ten and di­rected by An­drew Gouthro and star­ring Alison Crosby and Les­ley Ma­cLean on Sun­day in the ban­quet room of the Martin Arms Ho­tel, Kings Road, in Syd­ney. Tick­ets are $25 (plus tax) and can be pur­chased by call­ing 902-567-3311.

Play­wright Gouthro didn’t want to give any spoil­ers about his play, but with the tal­ent as­so­ci­ated with this piece it should be highly en­ter­tain­ing.

Crosby and Ma­cLean have been main­stays of a lot of re­cent High­land Arts Theatre pro­duc­tions, both on stage and off, and Gouthro was re­cently nom­i­nated for a Mer­rit Theatre Award for his work as a moody Goth with an un­pro­nounce­able name in the HAT’s “Sucker.”

And speak­ing of the High­land Arts Theatre, the con­clud­ing pro­duc­tion of its 2017 Spring Sea­son opens Wed­nes­day, May 17, and runs for a week.

“Next to Nor­mal”, mu­sic by Tom Kitt, lyrics and book by Brian Yorkey, is a Broad­way mu­si­cal phe­nom about an or­di­nary sub­ur­ban fam­ily strug­gling with men­tal ill­ness. The HAT de­scribes it as “raw and un­com­pro­mised, full of love, sym­pa­thy and heart.”

Re­turn­ing to di­rect his third HAT pro­duc­tion ais East Bay’s own, Ron Jenk­ins. Jenk­ins, who di­rects in­no­va­tive plays all across North Amer­ica to crit­i­cal and au­di­ence ac­claim, pre­vi­ously di­rected “Ex­tinc­tion Song” (which he also wrote) and “Sucker.”

Theatre Bad­deck returns for its third summer of pro­fes­sional theatre with three pro­duc­tions at the lovely Ma­sonic Hall on Queen Street.

Their sea­son brings back two au­di­ence fa­vorites, “The Young Ladies of Bad­deck Club” by Christy MacRae-Ziss and Han­nah Ziss, and “Har­vest” by Ken Cameron, and adds a third new pro­duc­tion, “Mur­der at the In­ver­ary Inn” by Sam Bo­brick and Ron Clark.

Along with their en­ter­tain­ing lineup of summer theatre, the com­pany wants to at­tract more au­di­ence mem­bers with a pro­mo­tion to sell 70 for $70 sea­son sub­scrip­tion passes be­fore May 31.

This pack­age of­fers tick­ets for all pro­duc­tions at al­most 20 per cent off and if you can’t make all of the shows, you can gift them to visiting fam­ily and friends. For more in­for­ma­tion on this pro­mo­tion and per­for­mance dates and times, visit www.the­atre­bad­deck.com/

Just a re­minder, that the Jane’s Walk along Syd­ney’s Har­bour sched­uled for May 6, post­poned be­cause of last week­end’s rain, has been resched­uled for this Satur­day at 1 p.m.

Any­one wish­ing to take this in­for­ma­tive walk led by Cape Bre­ton Post columnist, Paul MacDougall, should meet by 1 p.m. at the Mem­ber­tou Mon­u­ment at 336 Kings Road in front of the Med­i­cal Arts Build­ing.

The walk pro­ceeds to­wards down­town Syd­ney, then along the board­walk with stops to chat about the har­bour’s his­tory,

iden­tify shore birds along the way, and other liv­ing things like lichen, and maybe hear a poem or two about Syd­ney. The walk will fin­ish by the Mer­chant Marine mon­u­ment near the Big Fid­dle.

This walk is free and open ev­ery­one and is fam­ily-friendly. It’s part of a world­wide pro­gram to cel­e­brate, ex­plore, and dis­cuss our city en­vi­ron­ment in­spired by the work of writer and thinker, Jane Ja­cobs.

PHOTO BY AN­DREW GOUTHRO

Les­lie Ma­cLean and Alison Crosby star as mother and a daugh­ter with a prob­lem re­la­tion­ship in direc­tor/writer An­drew Gouthro’s play, “Con­spic­u­ous­ness Con­spic­u­ous­ness”, at the Martin Arms Ho­tel in Syd­ney on Sun­day, as part of their Moth­ers’ Day High Tea.

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