Breaking up is one of the hardest things to do. However, it is a fact of life that is brilliantly examined in Ebony Nile Ventures’ theatrical production, Divorce Papers, starring Oliver Samuels and Barbara McCalla.
In this captivating play about commitment and compromise, age and aging, infidelity and the ties that bind, writer Basil Dawkins and director Douglas Prout invite us to consider the institution of marriage as many things – however, easy isn’t one of them.
After three decades of marriage, Augustus (Samuels) and Grace Goffe (McCalla), an aging middle-class couple, can hardly stand to be in the same room with each other. The opening scene depicts Augustus presenting divorce papers to his wife. Both parties accuse each other of infidelity and between Augustus’ belligerent temper and Grace’s pent-up bitterness over her husband’s fling with the maid, it appears the marriage is all but over.
It is not a surprise that Grace finds solace in the arms of Wayne, a young body builder (Dennis Titus) whom she supports financially. Meanwhile, Augustus strikes up a romance with his attorney’s gorgeous assistant, Stacey (Maylynne Lowe), who offers him a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on.
However, the infidelity of Augustus and Grace raises several questions.
Is Stacey secretly expecting a favour in return?
Does Wayne genuinely care for Grace, or is he just an opportunist looking out for himself?
Can Augustus and Grace find common ground and rekindle their love for each other?
The play’s formidable pairing of McCalla and Samuels, candid exploration of human relationships and vivid set design yields impressive results.
Divorce Papers will be performed on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. at Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 William Parkway East, Brampton and at The Metropolitan Centre, 3840 Finch Ave. East, on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 10 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Several prizes will be awarded.
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