Theater: Canadian playwright’s work gets first northeast production

Love never gets old, at least not for Canadian playwright Norm Foster.
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‘Old Love’

WHERE: Lake George Dinner Theatre, Holiday Inn Resort, Lake George

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, runs through Oct. 10. Shows are held Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and matinees are held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and occasionally on Saturday. Dinner seating is 90 minutes before showtime

HOW MUCH: $58-$52

MORE INFO: 668-5762, ext. 411 or visit www.lakegeorgedinnertheatre.com

Love never gets old, at least not for Canadian playwright Norm Foster.

Foster’s play, “Old Love,” produced initially in Canada last year, will be performed for the first time in the northeastern U.S. by the Lake George Dinner Theatre, beginning Tuesday evening and running through Oct. 10.

“Foster is a prolific playwright who’s been referred to as the Canadian Neil Simon,” said Terry Rabine, who is directing the LGDT production. “If you haven’t heard of him yet, you will. A lot of his stuff is just beginning to break through in the U.S. now.”

This production will star longtime LGDT performer Neil Akins as Bud and New York City product Marina Re as Molly. The two are longtime acquaintances who become romantically linked after Bud becomes divorced and Molly is widowed.

“He shows up at her husband’s funeral and asks her out,” said Rabine. “Obviously, she’s a little hesitant to even think about it, but the play is about his pursuit of her. It’s hilarious and Foster is a great writer. There are some wonderful conversations and very embarrassing situations. The point is, it’s never too late to try to find real love.”

Cast of four

The play is written for either a two-cast or four-cast production, and Rabine has decided to go with a cast of four. Joining Akins and Re in a variety of supporting roles will be Kent Burnham of New York and Brenny Rabine, Terry Rabine’s ex-wife, of Saratoga Springs.

“Some productions have the two actors portray all the roles, but I think using four actors makes it a little clearer for the audience,” said Terry Rabine.

A Capital Region actor and director who was last seen in the Capital Repertory Theatre production of “The Crucible,” Rabine took over as artistic producer at the LGDT last summer. Vicky Eastwood had been the owner and producer, creating the theater group in Lake George back in 1968. Rabine, however, is far from a newcomer at LGDT, having performed more than 30 times there, his first show a production of “The Fantasticks” in 1970.

“I took over for Vicky and we put on “Greater Tuna” and it went very well,” he said. “Last summer was a challenge, especially with the economy, but we did OK and we’re hoping to do very well this summer.”

Rachel Budin, the lighting designer at Capital Rep, is going to spend her summer working with Rabine, who said the Holiday Inn Resort — home to LGDT since 1976 — will continue to serve as the venue.

“Rachel’s going to come in and help us a lot, and the hotel recently completed a big renovation,” said Rabine. “We’re ready to go and looking forward to the summer.”

Design staff

Also part of Rabine’s team are Michael Blau (scenic design) and William H. Howard III (costume design).

Foster, who also acts on occasion, was born in Newmarket, Ont., and raised in Toronto. His play “The Melville Boys,” was produced off-Broadway, while many of his other plays have enjoyed long and successful runs throughout Canada.

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