One-act play a comedy with some zingers

It’s not so much a story as a great conversation, Roger Ward says of the new play he and fellow actor Jeff Samin will tackle for the Theatre Kelowna Society next week.

  • May. 6, 2011 7:00 p.m.
Roger Ward and Jeff Samin star in The Duck Variations

Roger Ward and Jeff Samin star in The Duck Variations

It’s not so much a story as a great conversation, Roger Ward says of the new play he and fellow actor Jeff Samin will tackle for the Theatre Kelowna Society next week.

The Duck Variations, by David Mamet, represents one of two one act plays the society will put on this season, and while it’s not quite a comedy, it’s sure to provide a few zingers.

“I’m always up for a cheap laugh. Whenever I can squeeze one out of somebody, I will,” said Ward.

In this case, he and Samin will be tackling their character’s impending mortality through a rather off-beat topic—ducks—which they ponder from a park bench.

“Occasionally, they’ll be very nice to each other, but then other times they’re sniping at one another, scoring points,” said Ward, explaining the pair are clearly friends who have known one another over quite a long period of time.

Palatable to any audience, the show will either remind you of your grandparents, parents or self and strike a chord—hopefully a funny bone.

It will run with The Sins Of The Mother, a drama by Tony Devaney Morinelli about an alcoholic mother and her two maiden daughters.

Starring Dorothy Dalba as their grandmother, Jackie Sharkey as the youngest daughter Ellen and Josephine Stebbing as the older daughter Rose, the play is a brief but impassioned look inside the complicated world of a family coping with alcoholism and the past.

The plays run Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., from May 12 to 21. There is also a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $23 for an adult, $20 for a senior, and $10 for a student. For tickets call 250-717-5305, visit the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office, or go to www.selectyourtickets.com.

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