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‘Moonglow’ in Surrey with comedy-drama about feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s patient

Comedy-laced drama hits Newton stage starting Feb. 15

In Kim Carney’s “Moonglow,” the next play staged in Newton by the Pivot Theatre company, Maxine is a feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s patient who doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility.

“But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change,” explains a script synopsis on, where tickets are sold ($25 each or $20 for students/seniors, plus GST).

“Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfills them. Will these elderly lovers – played simultaneously by both an older and younger couple – stay together despite their families’ wishes and their fading vitality?”

Starting Thursday, Feb. 15, the comedy-laced drama will be staged a few times during a week-plus run at Bethany Newton United Church (14853 60 Ave., Surrey).

Linda McRae directs the cast of Pascal Belanger (as Joe), Val Dearden (Maxine, or Max), Kassandra Sison (Diane), Jim Stewart (Greg), Trinity Sullivan (Young Max), Tristan Manning (Young Joe) and Serah Metpalli (Benita).

With January noted as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Pivot is raising money for that cause.

Show times are 8 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Feb. 17, that is billed as a “relaxed performance” where lighting and sound will be adjusted for those with sensory difficulties. That afternoon, patrons are free to exit and enter the theatre whenever needed.

The play comes with a warning about offensive language.

Last week Pivot Theatre put out a call for volunteers to help stage its production of “Moonglow” including front-of-house people, backstage crew, tech and other roles. For details visit

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