Intimate story of personal insight
THE Little Theatre stage is currently bursting with high-kicking cowboys and fired up farmers in BOS Musical Theatre Company’s spectacular, uplifting production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite, Oklahoma!
Leslie Longley is in the saddle as Curly McLean, hitting the high notes and tilting his hat at love interest Laurey Williams, played beautifully by Sophie McGuiness.
Another Les, namely incoming SDC chair Les Gomersall, takes the male role in the next show, our annual bar production opening on June 5 which is SDC’s two-handed season finale.
Same Time Next Year, written by Bernard Slade, was one of the most popular romantic comedies of the 20th century.
It follows two strangers who meet one evening in a restaurant and have a one-night stand that turns into “one beautiful weekend every year with no cares, no ties and no responsibilities” stretching over 24 years.
All the action takes place in the same guest cottage of the Sea Shadows Inn, North California.
The cottage never changes, unlike George and Doris. At the beginning of the play they are both married with three children each.
Although we never meet their spouses or offspring, we do learn how George’s and Doris’s relationships with their respective families affect their lives and attitudes.
The changes within America and its lifestyles over a quarter of a century have their effects on George and Doris too.
What’s that well-known saying about never discussing religion, politics or money in polite company?
Most people of that generation will remember the effect the Vietnam War had on the whole country at the time, and George and Doris are no different.
As you follow the two characters from 1951 through to 1975, think about a seesaw. Who is up and who is down? Is money the way to measure success, or are there other things which are more important?
In the end, can there be a happy ending to this once-a-year, every year, affair?
Watching a bar production is refreshingly different from the main theatre, with the audience inhabiting the same space as the performers.
The close proximity and simple staging creates a rewarding intimacy and shared experience for all.
This gentle, insightful comedy is perfectly suited to the bar.
Add in the vast skill and experience of actors Les Gomersall as George, and Trudi Hirsch as Doris and director Lynne Hawksworth’s clear vision and fine grasp of the subtleties, and Same Time Next Year is set to be an absolute delight.
Oklahoma runs to June 2 and Same Time Next Year from June 5-9.
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Les Gomersall plays George and, right, Trudi Hirsh is Doris in Same Time Next Year