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Taking Leave Opens Next Week at Langham Court Theatre – Michelle Buck

Taking Leave – A dramatic comedy by Nagle Jackson, Directed by Angela Henry, With Alf Small, Randy Parker, Geli Bartlett, Tammy Johnson, Renee Yakemchuk and Kayla Hamilton. A Langham Court Theatre Production at Langham Court Theatre, Victoria, BC. Performances March 1 – 18, 2017

Taking Leave is insightful, stimulating and, dare i t be said, entertaining! – C.L. ALEXANDER

In a time of “Opening the Conversation on Menta l Health”, Taking Leave is a welcome voice. The play finds the main character, Eliot, struggling with his three daughters and the fading light of his mind. It is a dramatic comedy about living and dying and the comedic value of both. A story about Alzheimer’s disease becomes good theatrical fare in the hands of Jackson. Everyone must adjust to the changeable and capricious mind of Eliot. It takes staying in the present, humour and mental gymnastics to traverse the roller-coaster ride. We are guided through the Swiss cheese of Eliot’s interior landscape by Eliot’s former lucid self, Eliot-Once-Removed. This is an ingenious convention of the author, which lies somewhere between the role of the ghost in Shakespeare and the Greek chorus of classical theatre. Eliot-1’s role is that of a shepherd, taking Eliot through the last vestiges of his rational self into the moment-by-moment one of his irrational one. Eliot-1 explains what we are experiencing. The role allows us some relief from the sad but comical character of Eliot, once an erudite King Lear scholar. It also allows us to grieve the loss of an intelligent mind and a loving father. Eliot ceases to be a victim but rather is a traveller on a journey – a point of view his beloved youngest, Cordelia, makes very clear to us. The play offers lovely parallels to King Lear and snippets of academia layered over a tight and funny script.

As the alarming number of Alzheimer’s victims keeps growing, this play’s relevance increases daily. SUITABLE FOR 13+ with a bit of salty language and brief nudity

Ticket Prices:

– $22 Adults

– $20 Seniors (ages 65+)

– $16 Students (with ID)

– $16 per ticket for Groups 10+

– 2 for $20 Previews (Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2)

– 2 for $30 Tuesdays (March 7 and 14)

– $10 Student Rush Ticket (15 minutes before curtain with ID, subject to availability)

 

Tickets can be purchased:

– Online: langhamtheatre.ca

– Phone: 250-384-2142

– Box Office at the Theatre: 805 Langham Court 12 noon to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and 6:00 to 8:00 pm on performance days

– Email: boxoffice@langhamtheatre.ca

 

Performance Schedule:

– March 1 – Wednesday PREVIEW, show time 8:00 pm

– March 2 – Thursday PREVIEW, show time 8:00 pm

– March 3 – Friday OPENING, show time 8:00 pm

– March 4 – Saturday, show time 8:00 pm

– March 7 to 11 – Tuesday thru Saturday nightly, show time 8:00 pm

– March 14 to 18 – Tuesday thru Saturday nightly, show time 8:00 pm

– PLUS: Saturday matinees March 11 and 18, show time 2:00 pm

 

Langham Court Theatre is Victoria’s longest running theatre in its 88t h consecutive season. It is a Canadian success story of what happens when passionate, talented people work together doing something they love. With nearly 400 volunteers and members, it is also Victoria’s largest volunteer-run community theatre which operates its own theatre facility in the community of Rockland.

For pictures, interviews and information, please contact: Michelle Buck, General Manager

Langham Court Theatre
805 Langham Court
Victoria, BC V8V 4J3
gm@langhamtheatre.ca
250-384-2142