Fools at the Jubilee

Theatre group launches inaugural season with Neil Simon comedy

The new Jubilee Players (formerly the Kensington Theatre Company) starts its inaugural season with a light-hearted production of Neil Simon?s 1981 comedy, Fools. The performance will take place on January 22, 28 & 29 at 8 pm at the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre.

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The new Jubilee Players (formerly the Kensington Theatre Company) starts its inaugural season with a light-hearted production of Neil Simon?s 1981 comedy, Fools. The performance will take place on January 22, 28 & 29 at 8 pm at the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre.

The play takes place in the cursed Ukrainian village of Kulyenchikov, where for two hundred years every villager has suffered the curse of absolute and unremitting stupidity. Not just mere stupidity, we?re talking DUM here. Snetsky (Sandra Sheridan), the town shepherdess not only can?t find two dozen sheep, she can?t even find her own first name.

Into this village of fools comes Leon Tolchinsky (Terry Foster), an idealistic young school teacher, who rushes in like a Peace Corp poster boy to save the village from the curse (or, as the villagers invariably call it ?the nurse, no the purse??). Leon is lured to the village by a totally misspelled advertisement placed by the town?s intellectual, Dr. Zubritsky (Thane Clarke) and his wife (Elaine Chessman), to educate the doctor?s daughter, Sophia (Angie Brighty) and rid the village of its curse. Leon, of course, falls madly in love with this damsel sporting the IQ of a cabbage.

With one day, ?25 hours? according to the villianous Duke Yousekevitch (Vernon Campbell) to accomplish this or fall victim to the curse himself, Leon struggles to raise Sophia from a young woman who has mastered the art of sitting, to a Grade 1 mathematics wiz. With veteran performers Grace Jenkins, Roy Young, Albert Gaudet and Don Purich as the village idiots, this production is sure to delight.

This is vintage Simon schtick. One liners and gags, spoken and visual, fly with the frequency of bullets from a Gatling Gun. A sort of Borscht Belt-Brigadoon, this hilarious, laugh-until-your-stomach-aches-comedy is perfect family entertainment. Created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of hits such as The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Lost in Yonkers. WCBS-TV says, Fools has been described as the brightest, funniest, wittiest, warmest and happiest show on Broadway.

Tickets available by calling the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre box office at 902-888-2787 or 1-800-708-6505.

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