Light Sensitive in Nanaimo

After receiving a standing ovation at the recent Gabriola Theatre Festival, the Island Theatre production of Light Sensitive will return for additional performances in Nanaimo. “After the response we received at the theatre festival, it just didn’t seem right not to do it again,” says director Frank Moher, “especially as it will give us a chance to bring it to Nanaimo.”

Written by American playwright and comedian Jim Geoghan, Light Sensitive is a tough and sassy comedy-drama about three unforgettable New Yorkers. Tom is a former photographer and cab driver, now blind and co-habiting with a scotch bottle in his shabby apartment. Lou is his boisterous buddy from the corner pub, who’s been taking care of Tom but now has plans to move to Vermont. So he brings over Edna — no-nonsense, Upper East Side Edna — to take his place, and soon Tom’s dark days are numbered. But what will he do when he finds out there’s something about Edna that Lou hasn’t told him? Light Sensitive is a bracing play about courage and beating the odds. Says the Los Angeles Times: “Geoghan brings his audience to its feet cheering.”

Island Theatre is the fundraising arm of Western Edge Theatre and a portion of the proceeds from Light Sensitive will go towards Western Edge. Light Sensitive plays in Nanaimo on Friday, October 1, 2010, and Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 2 pm at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, 46 Nicol St., Nanaimo. Tickets cost $10 for students and $17 for adults, available by phone at 250-325-7777 and at Headliners School of Performing Arts, 165 Fraser St., Nanaimo, next to Mrs. Riches Restaurant.