Murderous mayhem for TIFT’s second

Barrie theatre company brings William Goldman’s ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’ to the Mady Centre

Hot on the heels of its first production, ‘Do You Turn Somersaults,’ of its 10th season in the still new Mady Centre for the performing Arts, Talk is Free Theatre announces its second show, ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’
The off-Broadway play has been called a crowd-pleaser, as well as a “murderously good time.” It’s based on the William Goldman novel, with music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen, and features the return of director Adam Brazier.
The show kicks off with a preview on Jan. 26, opens the following day and runs until Feb. 4.
So, what’s it all about? It seems there is a serial killer about, an actor, making life impossible for a whole series of older ladies. Blame his mother, though, for the lad’s perilous pursuits, as he obviously has the common, but rarely fatal – for others anyway – ‘mother issues.’
He bumps into another ‘son’ with similar issues, not of the homicidal variety though, who happens to be a police officer on the case, Detective Morris Brummel, and the case, to mix murder mysteries, is afoot. Plot and personalities twist and mingle along the way to whatever resolution, or fate, awaits. To discover what that might be, the purchase of a ticket will be required.
The production stars Steve Ross as the “befuddled yet endearing” detective. It’s not his first stint with TIFT, having previously appeared in the company’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins.’ He has also spent nine seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Making his TIFT debut is Dan Chameroy, a veteran of 10 seasons at Stratford, playing the “publicity crazed actor/killer,” Christopher “Kit” Gill.
Lisa Horner, Sarah Stone and Susan Henley round out the cast as the mothers/victims of the terrorizing thespian.
The director is also no stranger to TIFT audiences, having previously helmed ‘Myths and Hymns’ and ‘Assassins.’ Acting credits include ‘The 39 Steps,’ ‘The Drowsy Chaperone,’ ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,’ ‘Mamma Mia,’ and many others. He is the founding artistic director of Theatre 20, a new Toronto-based theatre company specializing in musical theatre, and is a Dora Award-winning actor and director.
Tickets are on sale now. Call the box office at (705) 792-1949 for more details.

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