The Foster Festival closes its third season with the world premiere of Renovations for Six, one the funniest and most ingenious plays by Canada’s most produced playwright I have yet seen.
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Lunenburg keeps up the high artistic standards of design, acting and direction that have characterized all the plays so far at the Foster Festival. Foster has created three complex roles and they have each been ideally cast. Peter Krantz and Catherine McGregor, both longtime veterans of the Shaw Festival, are not appearing at that Festival this year. Instead, they are making their Foster Festival debuts as Charlie and Iris.
The Norm Foster Theatre Festival, the only theatre festival in the world devoted to a Canadian playwright, has opened its second season with the world premiere of Foster’s Screwball Comedy. Screwball Comedy may be atypical of Norm Foster’s usual style but it provides a fantastic showcase for four talented actors and provides one of the best translations of screwball movies to the stage.
The last play of the the first season of the Norm Foster Theatre Festival is the playwright’s own Halfway There. The Foster Festival is the first-ever theatre festival devoted to the work not only of a Canadian playwright, but of a living Canadian playwright.
The new Norm Foster Festival, the first festival ever to showcase a Canadian playwright’s work, continues from strength to strength. For the second of its three shows, the Festival has chosen one of Foster’s most popular plays of plays of the 1990s – Here on the Flight Path from 1997. It’s a strong production in acting, design and direction, sure to please Foster’s legions of fans and to make converts of newcomers.
An event of major importance in Canadian theatre history is happening this year in St. Catharines, Ontario. There the first theatre festival ever dedicated to a Canadian playwright has started – a playwright who is not only Canadian but still living and writing. The first of the three plays at the Foster Festival is On a First Name Basis from 2013, starring Foster himself. Foster is often called the Canadian Neil Simon because he has written so many popular comedies. Yet, First Name shows the