May­hem and laughs

‘Re­tour au fou-foyer’ (‘Re­turn to the Crazy Manor’) opens on July 19 in Abram-Vil­lage

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

What hap­pens when a semire­tired psy­chi­a­trist tem­po­rar­ily moves into a se­niors’ care fa­cil­ity to anony­mously eval­u­ate the men­tal health of its res­i­dents and when one of the res­i­dents mis­tak­enly as­sumes the new guy is a vi­cious, psy­chotic killer?

The re­sult is a mo­men­tous amount of manor may­hem.

And that’s what the au­di­ence will en­joy in the sto­ry­line of the brand-new “V’nez veiller” din­ner-theatre pro­duc­tion at the Aca­dian Mu­si­cal Vil­lage in Abram-Vil­lage this sum­mer. This new French show, called “Re­tour au fou-foyer” (“Re­turn to the Crazy Manor”), is ac­tu­ally a se­quel to the pop­u­lar 2007 edi­tion of the din­ner-theatre.

Af­ter a seven-year ab­sence, well-known play­wright-director Ray­mond J. Arse­nault is back at the helm, serv­ing up his usual brand of crazy com­edy.

“I’ll read­ily ad­mit that I was a huge fan of the TV show “Three’s Com­pany”, so you can ex­pect to see some of that type of com­edy in my new play. You’ll see cases of mis­taken iden­tity, peo­ple over­hear­ing parts of con­ver­sa­tions and as­sum­ing the worse plus some Jack Trip­per-type phys­i­cal com­edy.”

Arse­nault has as­sem­bled a cast of pop­u­lar mu­si­cians and ac­tors for the show, which in­cludes a mu­si­cal por­tion as the res­i­dents of the se­niors’ fa­cil­ity are putting on a con­cert to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary.

Ger­ald Arse­nault is back in a lead role as the hand­some and en­ter­tain­ing wid­ower Manuel who charms all the ladies (namely Hortense, the up­pity old girl played by Ja­nine Gal­lant, and Juli­enne, the sar­cas­tic old biddy played by Julie Arse­nault). When the also-charm­ing psy­chi­a­trist Dr. Philippe Thi­bodeau (Michael Richard) moves in, Manuel be­comes ex­tremely jeal­ous and sets out to dis­credit the new­comer and hope­fully get him booted out. Thank­fully, the home’s new, ditzy re­cre­ation director Suzanne (played by Kaylee Arse­nault) is there to try to pre­vent an all-out war from break­ing out. But she’ll prob­a­bly just fan the fire.

The au­di­ences will have am­ple op­por­tu­nity to laugh through­out the evening, es­pe­cially when they’re not clap­ping along and stomp­ing their feet to some lively Aca­dian and Cana­dian mu­sic.

They’ll also get a four­course meal served by the ac­tors.

The show plays ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day at 6:30 p.m. from July 19 to Aug. 30. Tick­ets must be re­served in ad­vance by call­ing 902-854-3300.


The cast mem­bers of the French din­ner-theatre show, “V’nez veiller”, at the Aca­dian Mu­si­cal Vil­lage in AbramVil­lage are busily re­hears­ing their parts for this year’s pro­duc­tion, “Re­tour au fou-foyer”, writ­ten and di­rected by Ray­mond J. Arse­nault. From left are Julie Arse­nault, Ger­ald Arse­nault, Kaylee Arse­nault, Michael Richard and Ja­nine Gal­lant.

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