Plenty of laughter in Dressed for the Holidays
-by John Gillis
MOO’Nlighting Productions debuted their hilarious comedy, Dressed for the Holidays, at Strathspey Place in Mabou last Thursday evening. While the audience was not large the response to the show was enthusiastic
The show featured skits and music from Cindy O’Neill (actor/writer/singer), Diane Mouland (actor/writer), and Peter MacInnis (actor/writer/singer-songwriter).
The audience had an opportunity to revisit characters such as Cassie and Martha, from Frank Macdonald’s play Her Wake, who were back in an entirely new set of humourous circumstances.
There was plenty of all new original material as well – Oil in the Family, a twisted take on the television program All in the Family, with its own Cape Breton/Fort McMurray slice of life drama that most people in the audience could relate to.
The characters brought to life on stage couldn’t help but remind us of familiar people we all know – but just who? You’re never quite sure.
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Mouland and O’Neil have created some extremely memorable characters over the years in their work with River Hill Players, and there’s no doubt Peter MacInnis will be a great addition to any future theatre work in Inverness County – he is a natural talent with the ability to create very unique personalities.
The audience loved Mildred, a French woman from Newfoundland and Labrador transplanted to Cape Breton. They loved Agnes, the Cape Breton/Fort McMurray mom who smokes, chats and fibs her way through her day, and they were in stitches when MacInnis put on the bling, got on the cell phone or did the hip hop.
One of my favourite pieces was MacInnis portraying the sport-obsessed and technology-challenged father in long distance conversation with his son who’s traveling in Europe (Rome). It struck a fine balance between the hilarious and the profound that is rare except in any great theatre.
Expect to see more from these talented writers and actors in the months and years to come.
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