Metro Theatre

Father's Day by Eric Chapell

Dates and Venue 21 March - 18 April 2009 @ 8.00 p.m. | Metro Theatre, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

In one of my reviews, I referred to director Johnny Duncan as "ever-prolific" for writing and directing the British pantomimes at Metro Theatre for the past ten years or so. This time, he comes up successfully delivering Chapell's comedy with perfect pacing and excellent timing, hitting those punch lines, and getting those laughs from the audience.

The actors themselves were fabulous, particularly Paul Kloegman (Henry Willows) and Sheila Keating (Sue). They perfected the British accent and their lines were delivered clearly and crisply. The supporting actors Matthew Fedorowicz (Matthew Willows) and Katrina Harris (Christine) were also great, but I think they should work more on their accents.

The set designed by Dwayne Campbell was wonderful, as always. In fact, there were a few who clapped when the curtains rose, and one lady commented, "What a beautiful set!". Lighting designers Theo Weber and Brenden Fleming did a great job timing the lighting with the sound effects through the expertise of Technical Director Miles Lavkulich. Costume designer Alison Schamberger did a great job with the costumes, particularly the punk features of Katrina Harris.

The programme has a special mention for Duncan for all the work he has done for Metro Theatre. He not only directs but even takes care of the box office!

Congratulations to the cast and crew. I've enjoyed most of the productions, and I always look forward to being invited to review your wonderful shows!

© 2009 Ed Farolan