FEBRUARY 2020 | Volume 188


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The Gazebo
by Alex Coppel
Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Dr.
Feb. 21-Mar. 7
$28/$25 or 604-266-7191

They’re sitting on the perfect crime; having a perfectly wonderful time

Metro Theatre is pleased to present The Gazebo, an absolutely delicious black comedy written by Alec Coppel and directed by Greg Rogers, on stage February 21 – March 7, 2020.

It is 1958. Television writer Elliott Nash dreams up near perfect crimes each week for his TV show. In an ironic twist, Elliot is blackmailed and faced with the prospect of committing a real perfect murder to protect his wife Nell’s reputation.  Now a rising soap opera star, Nell had once tried marijuana as a teenager.

Despite his best efforts and a “To Do” list, things do not go according to this best laid plan. Even his shovel is taken away and he has to find a solution quickly.  Elliot decides to plant the body of the blackmailer he believes he has killed in a fresh concrete foundation just poured for a gazebo that Nell recently purchased at auction. 

In the meantime, the blackmailer he thought he had killed is found shot dead elsewhere.  So, who did he shoot?  Soon, the Nash residence is crawling with law enforcement, one of which is his neighbour and best friend, the assistant D.A., and then there are the nefarious gang members – all looking to point the finger somewhere. Suffice it to say that Elliot’s attempt at the real thing is less perfect than those he writes for TV. 

Film Noir, Love, Larceny, Loyalty and Laughter- Lots of Laughter …Oh! Did I mention Multiple Murders? LOL” -- Greg Rogers, Director.  The Gazebo isn’t your run of the mill “whodunit”. Frisky blends of suspense and tomfoolery with hilarious levels of farce make it a very unique live theatre experience.

Tickets: $28 Adult or $25 Student/Senior can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or Purchase Tickets 
Audience Advisory: Please be advised that there are Gun Shots and Flashes in this production of The Gazebo. You are welcome to call the Box Office 604 266 7191 for more details about this trigger warning.

Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 57th continuous season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. THE GAZEBO is our 522nd show.

The Gazebo CAST
Character: Actor
Elliott Nash: Kimball Finigan
Nell Nash: Ashley Syer
Harlow Edison: Bill McNaughton
Matilda: Aggie Cheung
Charlie Thorpe: Ken McNicol
Mrs. Chandler: Su Hanson
The Dook: Kevin Sloan
Louie: Mark “Sparky” MacDonald
Officer Potts, The Body: Yasmin Tayob
Detective Jenkins: Joe Kelly
Dr. Wyner: Rhona Lichtenwald
Druker: Tim Rapal

Director: Greg Rogers
Producer: Jon Morris
Stage Manager: Toni Scott
General Manager/Technical Director: Les Erskine
ASM/Props: Barbara Walsh
Set Design: Heather Stewart
Costume Design: Claire Turner
Sound Design: Roger Monk
Lighting Design: Les Erskine
Scenic Carpenter: Robin Richardson
Scenic Painting/Set Decoration: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
Wardrobe Manager: Sean Ullmann
Publicity: Debra Danny
Graphic Design: Barbara LaBounta
Photography: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske




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