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COMMUNICATING DOORS

Time Traveler’s Foil Murder

It’s Back to the Future, with sex and violence.  Wronged women get the upper hand on destiny in a hotel suite with a pair of doors that connect adjoining rooms internally in Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy thriller COMMUNICATING DOORS.  Directed by Catherine Morrison, Metro Theatre is delighted to bring this time warp to our stage May 4 – 25.

Poopay, a nervy dominatrix, has been procured for a dying corrupt magnate, Reece, who doesn’t want her for what she usually gets paid for.  Instead Reece wants Poopay to witness a confession about his nefarious  evil deeds and those of his villainious business partner Julian.  Among the details that Reece reveals is the unsettling news that he masterminded the murder of his two wives, Ruella and Jessica. Julian gets wise to the fact that Poopay knows about his crimes and naturally plans to get rid of her.

Poopay escapes the murderous henchman through the communicating door of the ritzy London hotel room.  Much to her surprise, she swooshes decades backward through time where she meets the tycoon’s second wife, Ruella.  Having figured out what has happened, the two women team up traveling backward and forward in time and forewarn the first wife, Jessica, who is on her honeymoon and not pleased about the interruption. Circumstances lead to dragging Harold an amusing hotel detective who has ‘seen everything’ into the story. The three ladies make a determined trio of avenging angels and armed with foreknowledge, become agents of change.

Director Catherine Morrison: “If you could go back in time, what in your past would you like to change?  How would you re-write your personal history?  The women of Communicating Doors get that chance.”

Tickets are $25 Adult or $22 Senior/Student with a special 2 for $37 every Thursday.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or

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CAST
Character…………………………Performer

Reese………………………………Daryl Hutchings

Jessica…………………………….Samantha Silver

Ruella………………………………Helen Martin

Julian……………………………….Samuel B. Barnes

Phoebe………………………….….Jill Raymond

Harold………………………………Roger Monk

 

PRODUCTION TEAM
  • Director……………………………Catherine Morrison
  • Production Manager…………….….Catherine Morrison
  • Stage Manager………………………Toni Scott
  • Asst Stg Mgr…………………………Deborah Watts
  • Set Designer…………………………Les Erskine
  • Costume Designers…………………Sean Ullmann & Rene Schindel
  • Lighting Designer…………………….Les Erskine
  • Sound Designer …………………….Catherine Morrison
  • Technical Director……………………Les Erskine
  • General Manager……………………..Les Erskine
  • Head Carpenter………………………Robin Richardson
  • Scenic Painting……………………..Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
  • Set Decoration………………………Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
  • Publicity……………………………….Debra Danny
  • Graphic Design……………………..Barbara LaBounta
  • Photography…………………………Tracy-Lynn Chernaske
  • Wardrobe Manager……………….…Sean Ullman
  • Hair & Make-up ……………………..Abbey McLane

 

Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 56th continuous season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. COMMUNICATING DOORS is our 517th show.

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Director’s Talk

 

Join Director Catherine Morrison and the cast of COMMUNICATING DOORS immediately following the show on Friday, May 10, 2019 for an informal chat.

 

 

 

  • The Talk-Back will focus on the challenges of mounting a play involving multiple technical aspects.  Four of the actors have to appear at different ages in the character’s lives.
  • Questions and comments from the audience are encouraged.

There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage.  The session will last approximately 20 minutes.

Fast Facts: 

SHOW TIMES:

Performances Thursday to Saturday at 8:00 pm, with Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm.

SHOW RUN:

May 4 – 25, 2019

Thursday through Saturday nights

with Matinees on May 12 & 19, 2019.

The Director’s Talk is Friday, May 10, 2019

The Preview is on Friday, May 3, 2019 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

  • Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes (includes the intermission)
LOCATION:

1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Lang Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville .

TICKET PRICING:

Tickets are $25 for adults or $22 for seniors and students, with a special every Thursday 2 for $37. Preview performance $15.

 

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or purchased on line TICKETS

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

Wed – Sat 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm & 1 Hour before each show.
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191

LICENSED LOUNGE HOURS:

Performance Evenings – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Performance Matinees – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PARKING:

There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even ‘All Evening Parking’ for $4 at the Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro.

BUS ROUTES:

We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check out www.translink.ca for transit directions.

CONTACT:

Metro via the contact form at the bottom of this page for more information, publicity photos, and arrangements for interviews.

The Story

Communicating Doors is about female empowerment.  Two very dissimilar women try to thwart double murders. Ruella  is a privileged, educated woman of 45,  and the other, Poopay,  a Dominatrix  or as she refers to herself “A Specialist Sexual Consultant” in her early 30’s. These women are thrown together, become allies with a mission and eventually become friends.

The women meet in the suite of a posh London hotel in 2002.  The prostitute, Poopay has travelled back from 2022.  She was hired by a Reece, Ruella’s husband.  Reece has lead a life of crime dealing in illegal arms, money-laundering and many other nefarious international activities that resulted in famine, death, and destruction and now wishes to confess his crimes before he dies. Poopay was hired, not for her usual services, but to witness that confession. Reece’s business partner, Julian, wants the confession back as it implicates him and so plans to kill Poopay to get it.

In her efforts to escape Julian, Poopay travels back in time to the year 2022 where she meets Ruella, who is about to be killed.  Somehow the two women must prevent the murder and also go back further in time to 1982 to warn the first wife Jessica that she will also be murdered.  Jessica is on her honeymoon – which she is not pleased at having interrupted.

Harold Palmer the lugubrious hotel detective enters the scene.  He is very skeptical of all of this time-travel; after all in his long hotel career he has ‘seen it all’. He makes an unlikely assistant but these women do not have a lot of options and so enlist his help to out-wit the formidable foe Julian. Dead bodies are such a bother to dispose of – where is a good laundry hamper when you need one?

Communicating Doors is part thriller, part farce, all knotted together in comedy.  It is a testament of well-meaning souls who take it upon themselves to make the world a better place. The women’s actions change everything.