Ac­tor’s script probes strug­gles of ad­dic­tion

The London Free Press - - TODAY - JOE BE­LANGER THE LON­DON FREE PRESS

Scooter Pro­duc­tions presents Pen­guin Blues, writ­ten by Ethan Phillips and di­rected by Brian Spea­gle, star­ring Phil Cal and Sher­ine Thomas-Holder.

tells the story of Gor­don and Sis­ter An­gelita, who have very lit­tle in com­mon, ex­cept booze and the Catholic Church. Sis­ter An­gelita is in de­nial, and Gor­don has a lot of anger. They are both do­ing their best to get through rehab. The play­wright, Phillips, is also an ac­tor known for his roles of Neelix on

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Pen­quin Blues Star Trek: In his 2015 TED Talk, Ev­ery­thing You Know About Ad­dic­tion is Wrong, writer Jo­hann Harri said “the op­po­site of ad­dic­tion is not so­bri­ety. The op­po­site of ad­dic­tion is con­nec­tion.” We can see this clearly in Phillips’ play. The char­ac­ters learn about them­selves, and each other, as they strug­gle with the emo­tional and phys­i­cal tur­moil of with­drawal.”

— di­rec­tor jbe­langer@post­media.com Twit­ter.com/JoeBatLFPress

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