Friday, 18 May 2012

CSL Council Members to Demonstrate Flair for Comedy

CSL council members to demonstrate flair for comedy
Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban
May 16, 2012

The Suburban Côte St. Luc mayor Anthony Housefather and council members always try to inject a little light humour at monthly council meetings, with little quips and contemporary cultural references to avoid an overly formal atmosphere. But this time the comedic talents of Housefather, Côte St. Luc Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Sam Goldbloom, as well as Dollard des Ormeaux Councillor Herbert Brownstein, will be seen in their full glory, when the Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society presents Norm Foster's Office Hours from Thursday, May 24 to Saturday, May 26, in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd., the basement of Côte St. Luc city hall. (Herbert Brownstein is Mitchell Brownstein's brother.) “Côte Saint-Luc is committed to community theatre,” Housefather said. “I hope that my participation helps draw attention to this great community initiative." "Participating with my fellow politicians and so many talented community actors has been a real treat,” says Brownstein. “This play is hysterical and playing my role as a stereotype 'off the wall' salesman is a blast." Norm Foster is described by the Halifax Daily News as “Canada's mostproduced dramatist.” Office Hours is described as a “fastpaced” comedy which takes place on one Friday afternoon in six different offices in a large city. The six separate stories that take place in each office eventually interconnect. According to a Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society announcement, the stories involve a newsman “who will do anything to keep his job, a Canadian producer willing to overlook the shortcomings of a down and out director, an entertainment agent caught in a scandal, a lawyer with big news to share, a delusional jockey, a love-starved therapist and a man on a ledge.” The society promises the play will “send the city into hysterics.” Anisa Cameron, who directed the previous Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society production of the musical Grease, is doing the same for Office Hours. Ariel Sterlin, who played Frenchy in Grease, is the production stage manager; and Scott Drysdale return as the lighting and technical director for the production. The shows are at 8 p.m. There will also be two 2 p.m. matinees, one on Friday, May 25, and one on Saturday, May 26.
Tickets are $15 plus tax and are available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6806 ext. 2200. Credit card or Interac will be accepted.

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