Still time to catch final Village Theatre summer play
A poignant comedy
The final show of the Hudson Village Theatre’s summer season will wrap Sunday but there’s still time to catch the touching comedy written by former Montrealer Bonnie Laing.
From her home on the other side of the Ontario border, Laing said she wrote Peggy and Grace in 1990 as an homage to her mother.
“It’s a salut to the generation of women who didn’t really have as many choices in life; They were married, they stayed home and raised the kids and supported whatever the husband wanted,” she noted, adding, “It’s only after they were widowed that they could decide what they wanted to do for themselves.”
Laing’s two main characters in Peggy and Grace were loosely based on her mother and aunt, who were “very different but very close friends.”
The play, a sort of Thelma and Louise for the retirement set, follows Peggy and Grace as they buy a Winnebago with their life savings then set out for an open road adventure of a lifetime. Things heat up when the girls pick-up a handy and none too shabby looking hitchhiker who helps them realize they may not be as com- patible as they thought.
Laing, who hopes audiences laugh and have a good time, admits there are poignant moments in the play.
“I hope people have some sympathy and empathy for the older women trying later in life to fulfill their own dreams,” she said, admitting she’s surprised her play still speaks to people.
Peggy and Grace, directed by Heather Markgraf Lowe, stars Daytime Emmy winner Bronwen Mantel as Peggy, and professional actor Joanna Noyes as Grace. It will run today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., as well as Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. For tickets or information, call 450 458-5361.
Meanwhile, Laing’s newest play, The Cottage, will be featured in a staged reading as part of The Greenwood Centre For Living History’s Storyfest 2013. The Cottage, a play about a French Canadian and a Anglophone couple who meet, marry and divorce, will be presented in late October.