By David F. Rooney
Sexual tension, professional jealousy and general cattiness add real spice to the twisting plot of the Revelstoke Theatre Company’s production of Another Two Hander or Two by Alberta playwright David Belke.
In Another Two Hander or Two Belke turns a rehearsal of Bernard Shaw’s Village Wooing into a comedy that replicates the confusion of Shaw’s characters. Ably directed by Denny Kaulback, this play bridges not only time but the foibles of human nature. The first act is set three years in the past and the second act in the present. There are a number of excellent twists and turns — at least one of which is completely unexpected — and some lovely performances by this cast.
Hallewas and Daniluck are particularly good. Hallewas plays the sexually and romantically naive young woman, Kelly Deware and Daniluck the older actress, Allison Plett, whose cattiness is matched only her manipulative and sycophantic nature. John Devitt is very good as the egotistical and brilliant but unscrupulous director, Kevin Russ. Graham Harper plays an experienced actor Greg Handey whose role as a foil for other’s wit is superb. Emily Beaumont rounds out the cast. A newcomer to theatre, this is her first production with the Revelstoke Theatre company and she blossoms as a the stage designer Dare Meredith who has a few issues with the controlling Kevin Russ.
All in all, this is a very amusing and intellectually stimulating way to spend 90 minutes.
The Revelstoke Theatre Company’s production of Another Two Hander or Two is being performed at the Community Centre on May 5, 6, 7 and May 12, 13, 14. The doors open at 7:30 pm and the curtain rises at 8 pm.
Tickets — available at the Revelstoke Credit Union — are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.
In the meantime, here are some additional photos from the Tuesday evening dress rehearsal: