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by Steve Ogden
Hildas Yard Opens to Standing Ovation

The Port Stanley Festival Theatre opened its second production of the 2015 season on Thursday June 11th, and if early audience response was anything to go by, it promises to be a "good one". Norm Foster's "Hilda's Yard" opened to a full house and standing ovations.

Featuring an ensemble cast, led by husband and wife team David Talbot and Marcia Tratt, "Hilda's Yard" is a recent play by Norm Foster, a long-time favourite of Port Stanley audiences. What separates it from the bulk of Fosters work is that it is a period piece. Fans of the playwright will enjoy all of the hallmarks of his other work, the instantly recognizable characters and the parade of one-liners, but they will enjoy them within the framework of a 1950's perspective.

As the play opens, the year is 1956, "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" are on the radio, and Sam and Hilda are celebrating the recent departure of their children, 33 year old Gary (played by Ryan Jacobs), and 30 year old Janey (played by Elisabeth Lagerlof). As they anticipate their golden years with the purchase of a "21 inch Zenith console television set", it soon becomes obvious that their happiness is to be short lived. Gary returns having lost his job and his new apartment, and Janey arrives, suitcase in hand, for a "visit"... their "happiness balloon" is indeed burst. The plot thickens with the arrival of Gary's girlfriend, the trombone-playing Bobbi (Alison Smyth) and a mysterious gangster (Allan Cooke), as events unfold to great comic effect.

The cast is universally strong, with Cooke as Beverly the gangster being a particular audience favourite, and Talbot and Tratt doing stellar work as the beleaguered Sam and Hilda. Local designer Eric Bunnell firmly places the play within its period, aided by the costumes of Alex Amini and the lighting design by Noel Wraight. Directed by PSFT Artistic Director Simon Joynes, "Hilda's Yard" runs until July 4th. Tickets are still available but selling fast, so book early for a laugh filled evening (or afternoon) at the theatre.


PSFT 2015 Playbill

Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 June 2015 08:11:27 AM EST

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