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Suburban Standoff brings humour to ITOPA stage with opening Friday, Feb. 9

Director Kate Gregg with the cast of Suburban Standoff, from left, Angela Magee, Kate Gregg (back), Megan Belanger, Tristan Watts and Stuart Crew.

Director Kate Gregg with the cast of Suburban Standoff, from left, Angela Magee, Kate Gregg (back), Megan Belanger, Tristan Watts and Stuart Crew.

Ty and Candy are a down on their luck young couple who are trying to raise a bit of money by attempting a home invasion, but they’re not very good at it. Add to this the fact that the homeowners, Hank and Nancy, seem to know more about guns and violence than do Ty and Candy.

And so the stage is set for the latest production at the Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts, Suburban Standoff, a comedy by Canadian playwright, Michael Grant.

Directors Kate and Steve Gregg, who recently moved to St. Marys, love to bring Canadian plays to life, and find that Suburban Standoff fits the bill. They both have a wealth of knowledge and education in theatre, with Steve holding a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in Directing from York University, and Kate having attended Theatrical Technical School in Niagara College. They have operated their own theatre company in Regina, Saskatchewan, and were professional clowns out west for years. Steve works behind the scenes in the Stratford Festival; Kate was introduced to ITOPA last season when she was in the cast of Always a Bridesmaid, and approached them to direct Suburban Standoff.

“The story is about the generation gap between an older couple and two millennials, and that speaks to me,” said Kate. “The audiences will relate to that. I like that the older couple holds their own in this situation.”

Gregg said the characters in the play are funny and real, and are brought to life by the strong cast of Stuart Crew, Angela Magee, Tristan Watts and Megan Belanger.

Crew, from Woodstock, plays Hank. He last graced ITOPA’s stage as Charlie in The Foreigner. Magee is also from Woodstock, and is back at ITOPA after being in Pollyanna last December. Watts has been on stage at the Palace and McManus theatres in London. Belanger, who is from London as well, has connected with the cast and crew of Suburban Standoff, and is happy to be back at ITOPA after performing in M*A*S*H* and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

Suburban Standoff opens Friday, Feb. 9 for a limited time only. Tickets are now on sale at the ITOPA website www.itopa.ca or by calling the box office at 519-485-3070, and are $20 each for reserved seating. Show dates and times are Feb. 9, 10, 11*, 15, 16, 17, 18*. Sunday matinees* begin at 2 p.m., and all other performances begin at 7:30 p.m. A stair lift and hearing assist system are available to all ITOPA patrons.