The Caledon Townhall Players’ winter production, When The Reaper Calls, is a complex and complex play that will keep audiences on the edges of their seats.
The comic thriller by Peter Colley was written as a tribute to the millennium and the fearful anticipation surrounding the advent of Y2K. It was widely believed all computer systems would collapse throwing the world into chaos. Colley examined the potential breakdown of society through two couples on a weekend retreat in the wilderness.
Two rival philosophy professors are involved. One is a stoic; the other has a nihilistic and epicurean view.
Victor convinced that Harlan’s pedantic and moralistic stance is a façade. Victor is determined to goad him into committing a murder with the reluctant and, at times, unwitting assistance of Harlan’s naive, young wife, Colleen. Complicating the plan is Victor’s own, long-suffering wife, Dora, who contrives to load the gun with real bullets. Stumbling through all of that is a young rookie female cop determined to make her first big arrest.
Denise Erskine, of Orangeville and Andrea Gaynor of Erin each have roles.
The play is directed by Marilyn Edridge, and opens Feb. 12 and runs consecutive weekends until Feb. 28. Tickets are $15 for evenings and $12 for matinees. There are dinner theatres on Valentine’s Day, and Feb. 21, at the Knox United Church, with a full roast beef dinner and home baked pies.
The dinner and theatre package is $28. For reservations call 519-927-5460 or see www.caledontownhallplayers.com.