The Vancouver Island Players are presenting Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song directed by John Fox at the Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Road, Ladysmith, from January 27 to February 13, 2011. Tony award winning actor playwright Harvey Fierstein creates a memorable character, the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff. A very personal story that is both funny and poignant, Torch Song chronicles a New Yorker’s search for love, respect, and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him. From Arnold’s hilarious steps toward domestic bliss with a reluctant school teacher to his often rebellious views on parenthood with his adoptive son, Arnold’s greatest challenge remains his complicated relationship with his mother. Widows and Children First finds Arnold armed with a keenly developed sense of humor and often times piercing wit as he continues to test the commonly accepted terms of endearment–and endurance–in a universally affecting story that confirms that happiness is well worth carrying a torch for.
Evening performances are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, and the show at 8 pm (show only seating 7:30 pm). For the Sunday matinees, doors open at noon, lunch is at 12:30 pm, and the show at 2 pm (show only seating at 1:30 pm). Ticket prices are $20 show only, $38 dinner and show, or $33 lunch and show. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available by calling the Ladysmith Little Theatre box office at 250-924-0658.