On our third day in Stratford, we started out with breakfast with my long time colleague and friend who lives in the neighboring community of Highland Park, where all four of our grandchildren live, and managed to make the connection that we somehow have trouble doing on our own. She and her husband do the Stratford scene every year, but do it via classes and seminars as well as the plays, and we all stay at the same bed and breakfast, The Three Houses on Brunswick Street. Mind you, our dates don’t always coincide as they are this year, with all of us spending more than five days together. We had a great time catching up and then MK and I went into town with the intent of coffee and reading our books, but ended up by MK hitting a clothing store that she only discovered this year. She continued her work on keeping the economy of Ontario going. She had purchased several things there yesterday and saw a couple things that piqued her interest and went back today to get them.
We then drove to the Festival theatre, the theatre the furthest away, passing the Tom Patterson theatre, which was totally demolished and is currently being redone. It is coming along quite well and will be done by next year, if I am not mistaken.
We parked, walked up to the theatre, grabbed a snack and some water, and read our books. We also upped our membership, which allows us a few perks, one of them being reduced rates on tickets and better seats, as well as a members’ room which can be utilized during intermission, something that we only somehow figured out last year.
The play, which is in preview, is Ben Hecht’s and Charles MacArthur’s ‘The Front Page,’ which was adapted by Michael Healey. It has been filmed three times.
The first act was somewhat slow. Its attempt was to set the stage, but in doing so, it dragged in my estimate. There were two intermissions. Act two was the one that got me truly involved and it was a hit for us from that point on.
The only thing that really struck me as odd was that Maeve Beaty, who plays Penelope « Cookie » Burns, the newspaper owner, and Mike Shara, who plays the sheriff, had accents that I connect to Kenosha, Wisconsin, not Chicago.
It was a great introduction to our six plays at Stratford and I am looking forward to the rest. Meanwhile, tonight we shall have a late dinner with our B&B hosts: David and Uku. We are, most assuredly, looking forward to that.