Dreamland Saturday Nights Opens

Hot off its smash-hit run of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (97% of tickets sold!), Nanaimo's Western Edge Theatre moves on to the ingenious romantic comedy "Dreamland Saturday Nights," opening Friday, February 13, 2009. "We call it 'A play for people who prefer movies,'" says Western Edge Artistic Producer Frank Moher. "It has more than enough laughs and wonderful characters to satisfy our regular audience. But because it also incorporates clips and personalities from films like 'Star Wars,' 'Five Easy Pieces,' 'The Maltese Falcon,' 'All About Eve,' and 'The Godfather,' it's definitely a movie lover's treat as well."

Written by award-winning Canadian playwright David Belke, "Dreamland Saturday Nights" is set in an old movie theatre. Dorothy and Charlie are about the only ones who come to its showings of classic films anymore. They're movie geeks, and meant for each other. But sometimes falling in love is tougher in real life than it is on the silver screen -- especially when there's a sultry, if slightly dim-witted, concession attendant in the way. They have help, though, in the persons of Bette Davis, Jack Nicholson, Fred Astaire, Don "The Godfather" Corleone, and others who step out of their cinema worlds to get involved in the real-life story.

"It's about the magic of silver screen stars and stories," says Eliza Gardiner, who directs the production, "but it's also about keeping that magic alive in oneself."

"Dreamland Saturday Nights" features Nicole Busby, Bill Miner, Travis Pangburn, and Morganna Yoshida, with video design by Joan Herron. Manda Chelmak is Stage Manager. It plays Friday, February 13, and Saturday, February 14 (Valentines Day!) at 7:30 pm at The Haven on Gabriola Island (240 Davis Road). It then moves to Nanaimo for three performances, on Friday, February 20, and Saturday, February 21, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 22, at 2 pm in the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre (46 Nicol St., Nanaimo).

Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students, available by phone at 250-325-7777 or 1-888-320-3343, and at Falconer Books (Port Place Mall) and Gabriola Artworks.

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