High seas comedy at Schoolhouse Theatre

Theatre­goers at the Schoolhouse Theatre here will be treated to a touching and comedic account of marital life as Separate Beds plays at the intimate 100-seat theatre from Sept. 9 through to Dec. 19.


The production, written by award-winning playwright Mary­jane Cruise, centres around two mismatched cou­ples – the gruff hardware store owner, Ernie, and his nagging wife, Twink, and the glamorous big-city power couple of Blake and Beth – as they embark on luxury Caribbean cruise.

As their nautical journey un­folds, calm waters quickly morph into a choppy war of words as the four landlubbers navigate snorkeling adven­tures, Caribbean markets, and the cruise talent show.

“This is a rare production that seamlessly combines heart­­-warming moments with flashes of laugh-out-loud hila­r­ity,” said artistic director of Drayton Entertainment Alex Mustakas. “The audience is sure to feel an even stronger connection to the characters given the intimate size of the theatre.”

What makes the production even more memorable is the versatile talent of Brian McKay and Melodee Finlay. McKay has performed in several Dray­ton Entertainment productions, including the lead role of Lawrence Jameson in the 2008 smash-hit Dirty Rotten Scoun­drels. Finlay, meanwhile, has appeared in several productions in theatres all across the coun­try.

“The sincerity and auth­enticity of the per­formances given by McKay and Finlay will be the perfect escape from a chilly fall day,” said Mus­takas. “This production will resonate with couples, whether they have been together for three months or 35 years.”

The production is directed by Adam Furfaro, who most recently directed the classic On Golden Pond on behalf of Drayton Entertainment.

Tickets can be booked by calling the Drayton Enter­tain­ment box office at 519-638-5555, or toll free at 1-888-449-4463.

For more information, visit www.draytonentertainment.­com.