Wondering what to do to make Valentines Day extra special this year? Why not take in live dinner theatre at the Manluk theatre this year.
French Water Productions is presenting Bernard Slade’s famous romantic comedy “Same Time Next year,” starring Miles Brunken and Lisa Hill and directed by Eldon “Steamer” Roth, over a number of days and performances.
The comedy centers around two married lovers who meet once a year to engage in a romantic tryst.
“New Jersey accountant George Peters and Oakland housewife Doris meet at a Northern California inn in February 1951,” states the Wikipedia description.
“They have an affair, and agree to meet once a year, despite the fact both are married to others and have six children between them.
“Over the course of the next 24 years, they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year.
“During the time they spend with each other, they discuss the births, deaths, and marital problems each is experiencing at home, while they adapt themselves to the social changes affecting their lives.”
Author Bernard Slade said he was surprised as the story took on a life of its own. According to Wikipedia, he said, “I felt I was writing a fantasy. Then I started to get letters from people that had had this sort of relationship….The curious thing is how successful it was in other countries. I saw the French production, the Spanish production. In France—where how excited could they get about an extramarital affair?—the only thing they didn’t quite understand were the psychiatric references.”
The same play ran on Broadway in New York City for over 1,400 performances in 1975.
“Same Time, Next Year” will be performed as a dinner theatre Feb. 15, 16 and 17; tickets are $50 for dinner and the show, or $22 for just the show. Evening performances will be held Feb. 13, 14, 15 and 16, with and afternoon performance Feb. 17.
If you’re interested in the dinner theatre, don’t wait as seating is limited.
All performances at the Wetaskiwin’s Manluk Theatre. Ticket information is available online at www.manluktheatre.com/tickets.