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How do artists survive when their time in the spotlight is over?  

Mercury Players present Ronald Harwood's delightful, heart warming comedy Quartet, directed by Leslie Sanchez.  It's a play filled with wicked and saucy humour about art and growing old.  The story opens with a once famous opera trio placidly living out their days in a home for retired musicians.  They are the reserved, intellectual  Reginald;  the wise-cracking, sex-obsessed  Wilfred;  and the sweet, buxom Cecily, who's in the early stages of dementia.

 

Trouble enters when Reggie's ex-wife and former Grande Dame soprano, Jean, unexpectedly moves in.   Struggling with her past and uncertain future, this diva speaks her mind with hurtful (and hilarious) results.   Worse still, she refuses to participate in an onstage reprise of the group's  famous third act quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto".   Can these feisty troupers defy the years and shine together once more? 

 

Actor Mary Louise Phillips, who plays diva Jean Horton, observes  "I love the way Quartet addresses those concerns (about ageing) with humour and compassion."  She further states "The play takes gentle aim at the myths and misconceptions younger people hold about growing old."    Phillips cheerily offers a spoiler alert.  "There is a lot of raunchy dialogue in Quartet, delivered to wonderful effect.  I think people will find this play reassuring and maybe even provocative.  I hope Quartet will remind people that getting old need not be a prison sentence."  

 

Joining  Phillips on the Mercury Stage are and Kim Watts( as Reginald), Sylvia Swift (as Cecily), and Rien Vesseur (as Wilfred).  Quartet runs May 5-15, Thursdays and Fridays and Saturday May 14 at 7:30 pm, with Saturday May 7 and Sundays at 2:30 pm at 331 Brae Road Duncan.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for senior/students.  Opening Thursday May  5 is 2 tickets for $30.  Tickets are available at quartet.eventbrite.ca ,  from  Ten Old Books in the Duncan Garage and at the door.

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