Oliver Samuels faces temptation in Puppy Love

The Oxford Dictionary defines puppy love as “an intense but shallow romantic attachment, typically associated with adolescents”.

Puppy Love is also the apt title of playwright Patrick Brown’s romantic comedy, which examines how people react to temptation.

Young Karen Cross (performed by Natalee Cole) is adamant that her feelings for Dick Johnson (Oliver Samuels) — the married, middle-aged friend and business partner of her father — is not puppy love, and sets out to win his affection.

Aware of the repercussions he would face if such a liaison was discovered, Dick desperately tries to repel Karen’s advances. However, he can’t resist her charm and stunning beauty and gives in to his desires. After years of feeling trapped in a boring marriage to Denise (Dahlia Harris), Karen’s unexpected attention is like a breath of fresh air.

But will he inhale perhaps a bit too much?

Puppy Love will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 7 at Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 William Parkway East, Brampton; and at Sir John A. McDonald C.I., 2300 Pharmacy Road, Scarborough, on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

For more information, call (905) 887-3297, (905) 450-5831, or see ad on page 13.


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