Norm Foster is an acclaimed Canadian playwright, whose works are produced frequently (in fact, he is said to be the most frequently produced playwright in Canada for the past 20 years). It will be doubly interesting to see him take on the role of lead actor as well in “On a First Name Basis”, about a man who gets to know his housekeeper, after 28 years without interaction. Expect both a love story and a mystery.
This two-act play is described on Foster’s website as follows:
This delightful play tells the story of a very successful, but cantankerous, novelist who suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years. She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! He makes it his mission to learn all he can about her in a most engaging conversation. With revelations that are surprising, funny, and extremely moving, this is a love story, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery.
I don’t think it’s a spoiler, so if you want to read a scene, look here.
I’m looking forward to it not least because how many plays feature a middle-aged female character of sturdy Norwegian stock with child-bearing hips? (Finally, a heroine I can relate to!)
I’m looking forward to seeing this play at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre, which is a lovely auditorium. But you’ll likely get a chance to see it before I do, as I’m attending the talkback session on May 8. Go and tell me about it.