Stage show promises live laughs

Lorne Elliott Poster 2017What could possibly go wrong with some simple cottage renovations?

“The Fixer-Upper,” a stage play written by Canadian comedy legend Lorne Elliott, brings satire and laughs to the Bancroft Village Playhouse on July 13 and 14 as audiences are invited to join this comedic adventure set on Prince Edward Island.

Starring Karen Cromar and Kyle Gregor-Pearse, “The Fixer-Upper” is a wild ride of comedic mayhem.

When Bruno MacIntyre (Kyle Gregor-Pearse) decides to rent his ramshackle cottage to summer tourists, the wacky merriment begins.

Lorne Elliott’s script takes us to Savage Bay on the south shore of Prince Edward Island, where the hapless Bruno turns to his clever and caustic Aunt Tillie (Karen Cromar) for help in securing tenants. First, the cottage, inherited with a bad reputation from Bruno’s ne’r-do-well father, must be renovated. Then, Bruno must duel with his aunt’s wry insults and sly plans, a sardonic would-be author and two torrid tenants. The production’s sharp-witted repartee and vivid characterizations will be out in full force along with Elliott’s keen eye and ear for our fumbling aspirations, bittersweet banter, self-deceptions, hard-won wisdom, surprising tenderness, and zany outcomes.

For live theatre fans, this comedy is sure to please. For those interested in dinner and a show, the St. Paul’s United Church Women will be preparing a ham and scalloped potato supper on July 13th. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm in the lobby and on the patios before the evening show.

Tickets for the ham dinner are $15 and are available online at or by calling Hospice House. Tickets for “The Fixer-Upper,” are $25 and available online, at Harvest Moon, Posies or at the Playhouse Box Office. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 – 4.

“The Fixer-Upper,” is sponsored by Canadian Tire Bancroft and the Bancroft Bed and Breakfast. All summer shows at the Village Playhouse proudly support the Hospice North Hastings Caring through Culture initiative.