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Long play simply dies
Long play simply dies
Starring: Dave Semple, Martha Zimmerman, Margaret Bildy, Paul Myers
Directed by: Sue Perkins.
Three stars (out of five)
By Maggie Wrobel
Deep inside, every Canadian is a little patriotic.
It is this patriotism, along with a healthy dose of nostalgia for "the good old days," that the organizers and actors involved in the play Yesteryear hope to recall with their romantic comedy.
The plot is simple a house painter named Dave McTavish (Dave Semple) finds himself with a large sum of money after winning the lottery. Soon, everyone in his small Saskatchewan town discovers McTavish's good fortune and each person has a different idea how he should spend the money.
These wacky hijinx are coupled with the return of Dave's long, lost love Mildred Douglas (Martha Zimmerman), with whom Dave hopes to rekindle the fires of romance.
Semple does a fine job portraying the classic "good guy" and Zimmerman's performance is as classy and memorable as the fabulous 1940s-style dresses she wears.
Standout performances from the supporting cast include the hilarious Paul Myers as "Randy Sandy" MacMillan the married man who frequents the town brothel and the irresistible Margaret Bildy as Emma Day, the town's elderly Heidi Fleiss, who has made her fortune practicing what she calls "the horizontal profession."
Despite its simple plot, the play takes too long to get going and ends up lasting almost three hours as it crawls towards an all too predictable, happy ending. Luckily, it is aided by witty dialogue.
The play's action takes place in the back room of a furniture store and the set, designed by Bill Meaden, is pleasantly cluttered with props such as an antique teapot, adding to the play's authenticity.
The play takes place in 1948 and its target audience seems to be people who were alive during that time. Many of the jokes in the play are likely to go over the average university student's head. While the show is witty and charming, it is definitely not for everyone.
Yesteryear runs at 8 p.m. each night until Mar. 30 at the Palace Theatre on 710 Dundas St. Tickets are $12 for students and are available at the Grand Theatre Box Office.