4:30 a.m., July 14)
End Theatre's newest production a flight of fancy
on the Flight Path features Marc Barrette as John Cummings and Erin McCloskey
as Angel. The two other female leads are played by Robyn Glazer and Nancy Clue.
is a recently divorced, middle-aged newspaper columnist who lives on the top floor
of a four storey building smack dab in the middle of a flight path to a nearby
his balcony he can see his entire world the store across the street, the
pub next to the store and the Presbyterian Church next to the pub.
the view never changes his next door neighbours do starting with Fay the personal
consultant who charges $300 an appointment.
surprisingly, the idea of having a prostitute living next door to him is somewhat
appealing to our stereotypical under-sexed, over-stimulated male hero, but the
lady of the night nips any prospect of Cummings getting a freebie
before he can yell Four!
is the first in a line of three female neighbours Cummings befriends over the
course of four years. Each helps him get over his failed marriage in their own
way while transforming his view of the opposite sex through some type of weird
process as played out in the East End Theatre companys production of Norm
Fosters play Here On The Flight Path on at the Orléans
Theatre, is at times insightful, quite often funny and at points downright hilarious.
Barrette plays John Cummings with just the right mix of modesty, naivité
and sexual tension bordering on outright frustration.
is played by Robin Glazer who makes her return to the stage after a 13-year hiatus.
Despite the lengthy break, the Orleans Young Players alumnus showed no signs of
stage rust during her performance Thursday night. Her final scene with Barrette
which I wont give away here is one of the highlights of the
next woman who comes into Cummings life is Angel, played by Erin McCloskey.
Angel is an aspiring singer and actress from Edmonton whos motto is the
song Dont Rain On My Parade which she sings before going to
the directors hear her coming because she gets turned down again and again until
shes finally hired for a musical adaptation of Moby Dick entitled Positively
Ahab in which see sings Whale Be Together Again with Captain Ahab
while theyre lashed to the back of the whale.
eventually has to return to Alberta when her banker father is charged for embezzlement.
is then replaced by a Home Shopping Channel addict named Dennis who we dont
get to meet, followed by Gwen who recently moved to Toronto from Vancouver after
breaking up with her husband of 20 years over her phobia of handkerchiefs.
is played by Nancy Clue who is a sheer delight. I especially liked the scene in
which she had to act drunk.
Gwen and Cummings hit it off from day one and are
soon sleeping together.
just as Cummings thinks hes found his soulmate, she comes to the realization
that moving to Toronto and sleeping with him was a subconscious move to try get
her ex-husbands attention and she ups and moves back to Vancouver.
than feel sorry for himself, Cummings realizes that he has changed through his
relationships with his three
former neighbours and for the better.
gone from being a carefree man with no direction in his life to a troubled man
with no direction in his life. And by troubled I mean someone is looking for someone
to get involved with again, Cummings finally admits to himself.
are a lot of great lines in Here On The Flight Path but you have to
go see the play to hear them.
On The Flight Path continues tonight and tomorrow at the Orléans
Theatre inside the Orléans Client Service Centre on Centrum Boulevard.
Curtain time both nights is 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the show cost $15 each and are
available at the door.
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