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Empty-nest woes in Naked Stage reading of ‘Alone Together Again’ in Surrey

Performances of poignant comedy Nov. 3-5 at Newton Cultural Centre
Animated characters on the poster for Naked Stage’s reading of “Alone Together Again” in Surrey.

In the next reading by Surrey’s Naked Stage Productions Society, Colleen McGoff Dean directs actors in a story about Helena and George Butler, who are looking forward to reconnecting with one each other now that their adult sons are finally out on their own.

Lawrence Roman’s poignant comedy “Alone Together Again” is presented at Newton Cultural Centre on the weekend of Nov. 3-5.

The plot: Having eagerly looked forward to the quiet and the privacy of an empty nest, the couple’s peaceful life is upended by the unexpected arrival of their parents, each with their own comic problems. How do they empty the nest once again so Mom and Dad can be alone together?

The script offers relatable issues, the director says, including “older family members redefining who they are in a fast-paced changing world, married couples rediscovering how well they really know each other and relations who – in spite of their well-meaning intent to be helpful and supportive – can complicate one another’s lives.

“Through our incredibly talented actors, I hope you will laugh and empathize with these characters as I much as I have.”

The actors are Rachelle Beaulieu (as Helena), Paul Cowhig (George), Larry Doan (Frank, or Pop), Sue Sparlin (Ruth) and Judy McLellan (Grace).

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Nov. 3-4), with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $22 on and at the door, 13530 72 Ave., Surrey.

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The three other shows in Naked Stage’s 2023-24 season are “Hollywood, Nebraska” by Kenneth Jones (February 2024 dates), “Bakersfield Mist” by Stephen Sachs (April) and “The Lifespan of a Fact” by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell (June). Season tickets are $66.

“While our name might imply an erotic happening, it’s the stage that’s naked, not the performers,” notes a post on the company’s website. “Our performances don’t have movement, extensive lighting, sound systems or props. The stage is bare except for actors sitting on stools and music stands holding their scripts. This method has been used for decades, mainly in universities and schools; it also has special appeal to seniors who liken it to old-time radio, where the audience had to listen carefully to fully understand the story.”

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