You still haven’t picked out that perfect gift for your Valentine? Well then, why not treat them to an evening of dark-romantic comedies? He Said, She Said is a duo of plays presented by the Cape Breton Stage Company this weekend (February 9 – 11).
The first play, The Audition by Donovan Purcell, directed by Jason Burke, finds two actors trying out for a part through a series of short scenes, each dealing with different stages of many different relationships. The two get to know each other – for better or for worse – through the chaos. They must avoid breaking (or killing each other) under the strain of so many lives and so many loves – all at the whim of “him” – just to get their big break.
Cupcakes by Ben McFarlane – which gives us the directorial debut of Gena DiFlavio – will follow The Audition, giving the lighter side of the pair of dark comedies. This time we meet a couple of friends (one, a down-to-earth Newfoundlander; the other a self-proclaimed gourmet gourmand mainlander) who, after the appearance of a mysterious cupcake from nowhere, discuss relationships, life, death, proper lunch-sharing etiquette, and everything in between.
It may not be the usual Valentine’s fare, but then the Cape Breton Stage Company is known for doing things a little bit differently than the usual fare. Plus, the evening comes with a free cupcake for you and your sweetie, and what says love better than that?
He Said, She Said runs from February 9 – 11 at the KOC hall in Sydney (300 George Street – second level). Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm and admission is $10.