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Black humour and heart launches new WCT season


Ryan James Miller, as Kyle Best, and Aidan deSalaiz, as Hamilton Best, are part of the cast of WCT’s The Best Brothers. (Allen Douglas/KTW)

Western Canada Theatre is launching its new season with a staging of The Best Brothers, which will be performed at Pavilion Theatre from Thursday, Sept. 14, to Saturday, Sept. 23.

Pavilion Theatre is at 10th Avenue and Lorne Street, just east of downtown.

The Best Brothers involves an unexpected death that leaves two very different brothers to arrange the funeral, write the eulogy and ponder if mother’s favourite son was . . . the dog.

When the free-spirited woman dies suddenly, her two middle-aged sons bicker over her funeral arrangements, her personal effects — and her feisty Italian Greyhound.

Unearthing decades of buried rivalry, they ponder meaningful questions, such as, “Who did she love the most?” and “Who has to take the dog?”

The Best Brothers is an eccentric modern comedy written by Daniel McIver, who displays an ability to tackle what might be considered uncomfortable subject matter and, through wry observation and zinging dialogue, engage the audience with humour and understanding.

The production features four artists staging a play in Kamloops for the first time: Aidan deSalaiz plays uptight brother Hamilton Best, while Ryan James Miller plays the slightly flighty Kyle Best. Directing is Sharon Bajer, while costume designer is Suzannah Marriott.

Kamloops audiences will be familiar with the work of locals Ross Nichol (set and lighting designer) and Christine Leroux (stage manager).

Western Canada Theatre is co-producing the season-opening play with Theatre NorthWest in Prince George, where it will hit the stage in April.

Tickets for The Best Brothers can be purchased at Kamloops Live! Box Office by calling 250-374-5483, going online to kamloopslive.ca or visiting the office at 1025 Lorne St. (at the corner of Lorne Street and 10th Avenue).

• Western Canada Theatre will follow The Best Brothers with Million Dollar Quartet, based on the book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux and inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

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