You know it’s summer when the Upper Canada Playhouse parking lot is packed with cars and buses from miles around and the sound of laughter fills the theatre. Based on busy box office activity, it looks like the area’s popular entertainment attraction will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary by surpassing last year’s record attendance of over 43,000.
Getting the ball rolling from June 6-30, will be the hilarious comedy, Whose Wives Are They, Anyway? by Michael Parker, who also penned past Playhouse hits The Amorous Ambassador, The Sensuous Senator and last year’s Hotbed Hotel.
Whose Wives Are They Anyway? guarantees to keep the audience in stitches with its laugh-a-minute plot, great set and unforgettable characters brought to life by a terrific cast of audience favourites and some talented new faces.
John and David are executives of a major cosmetic company who are about to get a new boss. Fearing this may be the last long weekend they’ll get for awhile, they send their wives on a shopping trip so they can enjoy a golfing weekend. When David unexpectedly runs into the new boss at the same club, he learns that management frowns on employees vacationing without their wives. The boss demands to meet them.
John desperately recruits the receptionist to be his wife while David convinces John to be his! All goes well until their real wives show up and the hilarious cover-up begins.
Heading up the cast are Garfield Andrews as John and Perry Mucci as David, a combination that director Donnie Bowes is delighted to unleash on Playhouse audiences. Andrews and Mucci were last seen co-starring in the hit comedy, The Sensuous Senator. Andrews has entertained audiences in such shows as The Odd Couple and Don’t Dress For Dinner while Mucci’s career has taken him from Shakespeare to episodes of CBC’s Detective Murdoch series.
Joining them are Kate Gordon as Tina the receptionist, Cornwall actress Brenda Quesnel as Mrs. Carlson, the manager, and Bruce Tubbe as Wilson the handy-man.
Gordon was last seen in A Nice Family Gathering while Quesnel was featured in last season’s opener Hotbed Hotel. Tubbe starred in The Playhouse’s recent holiday family show Everything I Love About Christmas.
Rounding out the cast are Erin MacKinnon as John’s wife, Laura, Viviana Zarrillo as David’s wife, Karly, and Ottawa actress Mary Ellis.
MacKinnon also appeared in Hotbed Hotel, while Zarrillo and Ellis return to The Playhouse after a two-decade absence: Zarillo appeared in the musical I Do! I Do! and Ellis appeared in Ned Durango Comes to Big Oak.
Bowes could not be happier with this season starter.
“It’s a nice big cast of very talented and funny actors who are skilled in all the things that make comedy work. The audience is in for a treat.”
Whose Wives Are They Anyway? runs Tuesday through Sunday with 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows.
Contact Upper Canada Playhouse for more information by calling 613-543-3713/1-877-550-3650 or log on to www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.
Flex Passes are available until June 6 and regular tickets are available all season.