may 2019 | Volume 179
L - R: Terence Kelly, Jerry Wasserman, Annabel Kershaw photo: Ellie O’Day.
Western Gold Theatre’s popular Studio Series of staged readings presents Jack of Diamonds. This play is a delight in a world where there are far too few great roles for mature stage actors, especially women’s roles. Beware the revenge of the bilked seniors, cleverly crafted by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Smith!
Jack is a former jeweler who made his living buying and selling diamonds via late-night TV ads. He lives in a rather luxurious, privately-owned retirement home along with his fellow residents: Rose, Flora, and Blanche. Unbeknownst to them, the man to whom they’ve entrusted their life savings - a smooth-talking financial advisor named Barney Effward - has been arrested for bilking his clients out of their savings through a Ponzi scheme. Faced with financial ruin, the four suddenly find themselves confronting the author of their miserable fate when Effward is unexpectedly delivered among them – along with several million dollars in diamonds. Pandemonium ensues as the four retirees use their talents to find a way to exact their revenge, recoup their losses, and keep the authorities from discovering their plans. It’s all about diamonds and who gets them. Directed by Anna Hagan, set by Glenn MacDonald. Featuring Joan Bryans, Tanja Dixon-Warren, Terence Kelly, Annabel Kershaw, Gerry Mackay, Jerry Wasserman and Colleen Winton.
Jack of Diamonds runs June 21 to 23
Friday/Saturday at 7:30 pm, Saturday/Sunday at 2pm
PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St., Vancouver.
Tickets at Jack.BrownPaperTickets.com or 604-363-5734.
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