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Laughs in store for Theatre 17’s upcoming production

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Cast of five to stage comedy ‘Exit Laughing’ Jan. 21-23

By Chris Marchand

Theatre 17 hopes to warm up your January nights with some great community theatre, Jan. 21-23 with their production of Paul Elliott’s Exit Laughing.

A small cast of five, including veterans Darlene Fuerst, Theresa Lambert, Karen McDonald, Jasmine Collin, and Trevor Gauthier will bring the adult comedy to life, described as speaking “…to the mediocrity of our daily lives and to those who truly want to enjoy life, but can’t seem to get started…”

“It’s quite funny,” says director Irene Skene. “It’s a play in two acts with a very small cast. Three of them are seasoned, two of them are lightly seasoned (Collin, Gauthier) — meaning they’ve been in one production each before.”

In rehearsal since September, Skene says the play’s themes are quite relatable to Dryden.

“It’s one of those ‘look in the mirror’ type plays,”said Skene. “There are people who left their families behind to come here and it’s their friends who’ve they’ve matured with, that in all likelihood know more about them that their own family members ever would. You will tell some friends a whole lot more than you’ll tell your family. The ladies in this play have played bridge together for 30 years, so when something happens to one of them, it really does make you think and re-assess your life.”

The play features some sensitive content and coarse language.

Theatre 17 has pledged to donate the net proceeds of the production to the Dryden Go-Getters Activity Centre.

Tickets are available at or in person at The Centre.

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