Touch and Go coming to UCP


The summer of comedy is packing them in at the Playhouse this 2015 season. The theatre’s upcoming comedy, Touch and Go, guarantees to keep those crowds coming.

The Playhouse and its audience knows that everyone enjoys a laugh. In fact, the legendary comic Milton Berle once said that laughter is like a vacation. Audiences can expect to take an hilarious trip as they witness the mad cap antics of some very funny characters caught up on some truly outrageous situations.

Considering that these characters are being played by a cast of talented and very funny people themselves, Touch and Go, by Derek Benfield, will keep local audiences, visitors and bus tours in stitches for the entire month of August. Artistic director Donnie Bowes feels fortunate to have a fabulous cast of actors who well understand and brilliantly execute the challenges of a fast-paced comedy.

“I’m really glad these actors were all available for this show,” Bowes said. “All of them are Playhouse favourites and bring a wealth of comedy experience to the show.”

Sparkling and entertaining comedies like Touch and Go have intriguing and hilarious plots involving every day characters making a huge mistake and then trying to create a fool-proof cover-up that never goes to plan. Reminiscent of the witty and wild predicaments of the popular British sitcom, Touch and Go is a laughter-filled comedy audiences won’t want to miss.

When his wife, Jessica, is away on business, George lends his place to his pal Brian for a romantic liaison with his lady friend, Wendy. 

This arrangement works well for George since it gives him the opportunity to meet up with Brian’s wife Hilary without Brian knowing. 

The game of cat and mouse leads to comic chaos when Jessica returns home a day early. Everyone dives headlong into a web of fabrications, misunderstandings and accusations creating high anxiety for the characters and great entertainment for the audience. 

Wendy is played by AnnaMarie Lea of Cow Patti Theatre fame. Lea has appeared at the Playhouse every season for over 15 years and was seen in such comedy hits as The Amorous Ambassador, The Sensuous Senator, Wally’s Cafe and The Cemetery Club.

Real life couple, Brian Young and Alison Lawrence also play a husband and wife in the show – but under slightly more stressful conditions. Young just appeared here in Lights, Camera…Christmas, and also in such shows as No Sex Please, We’re British, The Odd Couple, Female Version. 

Lawrence was last seen in Bedfull of Foreigners and also previously in such shows as On Golden Pond and The Affections of May.

Susan Greenfield, known for her appearances in Bedtime Stories, Lend Me A Tenor and Having Hope at Home, plays Hilary while husband George is played by Ed Leefe. Leefe has delighted Playhouse audiences in such plays as The Long Weekend, The Odd Couple and Maggie’s Getting Married. He just finished playing Norm Foster’s Outlaw at Orillia Opera House.

Touch and Go is directed by Donnie Bowes.

Set design is by John Thompson, lighting design by Jenna Robinson and costume design by Alex Amini.

Touch and Go runs at Upper Canada Playhouse August 6 to August 30. For tickets or information contact 1-613-543-3713 or 1-877-550-3650 or go on line at

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