June 7, 2010

CLIFFHANGER – A suspenseful comedy

The Curtain Club is pleased to announce the opening of Cliffhanger by James Yaffe, the fourth play of the 2009/2010 Season. On June 11, 2010, after the opening night performance, patrons will be treated to a reception in the lobby of the theatre with an opportunity to meet the cast, design team and crew. Plenty of tickets for the run of the Cliffhanger, at the incredible price of only $15.00 each, are available from The Curtain Club box office (905-773-3434).

Director Sharon Dykstra notes: “In Cliffhanger Yaffe mixes two crowd pleasing theatrical genres: suspense and comedy to sublimely entertain the audience. As a director, working with material that is so rich and full of humour is rewarding, but I have to really thank our cast for bringing Yaffe’s imagination to life.”

Henry Lowenthal (played by Kingsley Owen), a veteran professor of philosophy at a college, and his wife Polly (played by Kay Valentine) are looking forward to Henry’s appointment to an endowed chair so that they can enjoy their golden years. But their plans are kyboshed when Henry’s successor, a malicious and ambitious woman, Edith Wilshire (played by Peggy Wrightson) decides to not recommend Henry for the chair. Henry, in a moment of poor judgement, puts himself and Polly in a predicament from which hilarious complications arise. A rather sinister young student, Melvin McMullen (played by Stephan Ermel) and a suspicious police lieutenant, Dave DeVito (played by Dave Corbitt) add to the suspense and humour.

Playwright James Yaffe, born in Chicago, Illinois in 1927, is a graduate of Yale University and is one of the most prolific American writers of the 20th century. In addition to plays, he has written novels, short stories and for television.

Each season The Curtain Club gives back to the community through its Charity Night initiative. One performance of each play is given to local charities to use as a fundraiser or a volunteer thank you. The Curtain Club is pleased to welcome St. Matthews United Church, B'nai Brith Canada, and York Central Hospital Volunteers as recipients of the Charity Night for Cliffhanger by James Yaffe.