; Fun! Fun! Vancouver!: A Room With a View - Jericho Arts Centre, Sept 7-30

Saturday, 8 September 2012

A Room With a View - Jericho Arts Centre, Sept 7-30

If you're in British culture withdrawal now that the London Olympics and Paralympics have wrapped up, then look no further to cure your blues than the Jericho Arts Centre where United Players are mounting the Canadian premiere of A Room With a View.

Based on the classic novel by E.M. Forster, this is a coming of age story that follows the young innocent and wide-eyed Lucy Honeychurch as she discovers the thrills and heartache of first love. Along the way, you'll meet an array of delightful characters from the flighty Miss Lavish, the nervous Charlotte, the uptight Cecil, playful Freddy, and the handsome George Emerson.

Act One sets up the introduction of the two young lovers, Lucy and George, against the backdrop of Florence, Italy. The vacation of Lucy and her cousin Charlotte is rife with one misstep after another - from not getting the room they initially wanted to getting lost in the streets of Florence. Things come to a head when Lucy finds herself in the middle of a street brawl turned ugly, only to be saved in the arms of the mysterious George.

Act Two transports us back to the countryside of England where it turns out Lucy is engaged to the rigid Cecil. How ever will she get out of this predicament? Will she reveal what happened during her time in Italy? What happens when George shows up at her estate? The packed audience erupted into fits of laughter and applause, giddy and wild with excitement at the unexpected nude scene of three of the male leads! It was a room with a view, indeed!

The production is cheery and softly inviting. It's the perfect opener to the season at Jericho Arts Centre. With the last few weeks of summer before us, this play ushers us into Autumn with a nostalgia for times gone by. If only we could all take a jaunt to Italy and fall madly in love!

The Jericho Arts Centre is a sweet charming theatre that makes the perfect venue for the Canadian premiere of this slice of Edwardian England. Put on your bonnets and gloves, pour yourself a cup of tea, and come on down with your parasol in tow to the United Players' A Room With a View, on now until September 30th.

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