Dundas Little Theatre offers Myth of the Ostrich, a comedy by Matt Murray, as its winter playbill production. It opens this weekend Janauary 20th and runs to Februrary 5th. First presented as a Festival piece for the Toronto Fringe, it quickly moved to its world premiere in 2016 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Reviews suggest the humour is stellar and with a running time of 90 minutes, the audience should appreciate its fast paced approach.
Canadian Playwright Murray is also known for his musical theatre work and his panto creations, shadows of both which account for the buoyancy and situation style comedy in this production.
It’s a three handed all female cast, and Dundas is blessed with three of the top female comedians in the area. Director Mary Rose and Producer Deb Degenais have sealed this production’s success by assembling a trio of actresses that will take this show to its limits: Kelly Kimpton as Holly, Christine Marchetti as Pam and Kimberly Jonasson as Cheryl.
For those who frequent theatre in Hamilton and the surrounding area, you’ll recognize that you’re in for a treat with this level of acting skill in one production. Each of these performers has a history of excellence that they bring to every project they work on.
Kelly Kimpton most recently dazzled in the Theatre Burlington production of Educating Rita by Willy Russell, and before theatres’ COVID shut down, she was also unforgettable in their production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh. She can make you shiver in fear or shake with laughter.
Christine Marchetti recently played the stunning beauty in Waterdown’s Village Theatre Production of Enchanted April by Matthew Barber and in Dundas’ first post COVID production from last year of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, she played the always doubting Sister James. From a nun to a glamour model in one short year, she easily shows us her acting flexibility.
Finally, Kimberly Jonasson is an award winning actress who has performed on many stages in the local theatre scene: from Theatre Burlington in her role of Hilda in Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster to The Hamilton Players’ Guild as Truvy Jones in Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. She never fails to keep the audience in stitches.
If you’re not a regular theatre goer, this would be a great way to start. There’s nothing to expect but excellence in this production. It’s a no risk, high pay off night. Dundas has put together a winning project that’s sure to reach professional expectations at community theatre prices.
If you are a regular theatre goer then you know what you are in for, and you’ve either already booked your tickets or you are on the phone right now. Show dates run from January 20,21,27,28 and 29 and Februrary 2,3,4,5. You can book in advance (which I advise) at 905-627-5266 or you can buy tickets at the door. To seal the deal, this is the first post COVID show with the bar reopened. It sounds like a celebration!