By David J. Ferguson
"Dating by the Book", written by Uwe Meyer, brings a calamity of dating mis-haps to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre stage from June 13th to June 30th.
Director Simon Joynes has assembled a cast whose members dovetail together fluently, appearing to the audience as though we are looking in on the private lives of Carolyn, Evelyn, Herbert, and Mark.
Herbert, her new beau, played by Colin Legge, is getting his own advice on the side from Carolyn’s long-time friend Mark, played by Gordon Gammie. What ensues is a recipe for disaster and buckets of hilarity when cousin Evelyn appears, in the flesh, on the scene and literally tosses the dating book in the air. Then it is anyone’s guess as to which character becomes entangled romantically with the other.
The set, designed impeccably by Dariusz Korbiel, provides a fantastic backdrop to a divorced woman, facing the world on her own. It is convincingly a room that Carolyn might have had a hand in decorating, right down to the beaded entry way into the kitchen.
Who would have thought that turning the page to enter a new chapter in life could prove so difficult?
If you need a few hearty laughs and many chuckles while taking a glimpse into the lives of others, catch this one before it leaves the Port Stanley Festival Theatre stage on June 30th.
Photos by Dave Ferguson