Narrator weaves engaging lunchtime tale

 

Bob Clark

Calgary Herald

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 

CREDIT: Lorraine Hjalte, Calgary Herald

David Trimble and Karen Johnson-Diamond act in a scene from the clever romantic comedy My Narrator.

Lunchbox Theatre presents the premiere of My Narrator by Norm Foster at 12:10 p.m. Monday through Saturday to Sept. 30.

Happy hour performances, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $16, $13 students/seniors, call 265-4292.- -

In Norm Foster's bright and engaging romantic comedy that premiered Tuesday at Lunchbox, inner voices take on a life of their own in the lives of the young man and woman to whom they belong -- with very funny results that have everything to do with knowing when or when not to listen, in matters of the heart.

Deftly directed by Rona Waddington, My Narrator is smart, fast-paced fun that takes flight from Miles' first encounter with Lacy in a clothing store where the socially inept Miles (Curt McKinstry) blurts and stumbles his way to selling a shirt to Lacy (Jamie Konchak), a landscape painter stuck in a rut -- all the way to their third date, and (happily) beyond.

Providing some biting colour commentary on the sputtering relationship between Lacy and loser Miles is Lacy's inner narrator, Barb (Karen Johnson-Diamond), while, along the way, poor Miles is joined by his own narrating inner voice, Bob (David Trimble), who manages to coach him to a stalemate with Lacy.

Only trouble is, the inner voices themselves have fallen in love by this point, so it's in their own best interests to get things back on the rails . . .

Performing their roles with liveliness and a real ear for comic timing, all four members of the high-powered Lunchbox cast of My Narrator amply demonstrate why Foster continues to be regarded as one of the funniest writers of intelligent comedy in Canadian theatre today.

bclark@theherald.canwest.com

 The Calgary Herald 2006