Visiting Mr. Green opening at Tsawwassen Arts Centre

Sidekick Players presents third production of the season

Simon Mortimer-Lamb (back) and Vann Besth (front) star in the Sidekick Players Club production of Visiting Mr. Green

The Sidekick Players Club is gearing up to present its latest stage production, Visiting Mr. Green.

Written by Jeff Baron, the play follows Mr. Green (played by Vann Besth), an elderly, retired dry cleaner, who wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner (played by Simon Mortimer-Lamb), a 29-year-old corporate executive. The young man is given a community service of helping the recent widower once a week for six months.

What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, come to care about each other, and open old wounds they’ve been hiding and nursing for years.

Translated into 22 languages, with over 200 productions in large and small venues, Visiting Mr. Green has won numerous best play and best actor awards throughout the world.

Directed by Todd-Elliot Gates, this is the Sidekick Players Club’s third production of its 15th season. Previously, Gates directed Wrong Turn at Lungfish and the musical Nunsense. He has been on stage in many Sidekick productions, most recently in Twelve Angry Men where he shared the stage with Besth and Mortimer-Lamb.

Visiting Mr. Green is showing at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre March 8 to 24 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only.

Tickets are $18 for adults at $15 for seniors (over 60) and students (aged 12-18). Call 604-288-2415 for reservations (recommended).

Seating is bistro-style and refreshments are available for purchase to enjoy during the show.

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