Sometimes the audience attending Cathy Jones’ hilarious one woman show, Stranger to Hard Work, didn’t quite know what had hit them.
The vibrant, quick-witted actor threw characters and improvisations out at a non-stop pace during her 80 minute show.
She was young, she was old, she was a grandmother, a woman in search of a man (“90 is still okay. You can slurp soup together!”), a writer, a girlfriend, a “Newfoundland emigré” – all of them uniquely Jones. All of them different. All of them funny.
A star of the series 22 Minutes, a founding member of Codco, and a renowned Canadian comedian, Jones brought her show to Upper Canada Playhouse for one night only, Wednesday, February 17. Lumina Productions, in co-operation with the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage, sponsored the evening of comedy.
And at the end of Stranger to Hard Work, Cathy Jones endeared herself to an already appreciative audience by slipping on the coat and flower trimmed brown hat of one of her most beloved creations: the immortal Mrs. Enid had much to say about seniors’ homes and young male nurses.
Following her performance, Jones fielded questions from the audience, ad-libbing gleefully as visitors tossed observations and comments at her. She seemed to be in her element.
It was a remarkable per-formance, here in South Dundas, from a remarkable Cathy Jones.