How long can love take? Sometimes a lifetime.
That’s the premise behind Old Love, the South Okanagan Amateur Players’ latest production, which opens this evening at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver and plays the OSS Community Theatre in Osoyoos next weekend.
Old Love spans 30 years — and a half dozen meetings between Bud (Patrick Turner and Clem Jones) and Molly (Sarah Wilkie and Lyn Kaulback), his boss’s wife.
Bud is smitten as soon as the two meet, but Molly is not quite as infatuated.
Old Love moves back and forth through their sporadic encounters, mostly manufactured by Bud, with each character baring his or her heart and soul to the other in poignant monologues.
The tone of their meetings is comic, with the setting usually an after-hours business social event.
The cast is rounded out by Tracey Henderson, Jeff Smith and Chelsea Cameron-Horner, al of whom are up to the challenge on playing multiple roles.
The production is directed by Jen Jensen and produced by Nathan Linders.
Old Love was written by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. It includes clever and witty dialogue celebrating the pursuit of love — the kind of love that ‘makes you breathe just a little bit faster.’
SOAP previously staged two Norm Foster productions: The Long Weekend in 2012 and The Melville Boys in 2015.
You can catch SOAP Theatre’s production of Old Love in Oliver at Frank Venables Theatre tonight and Saturday and in Osoyoos at OSS Theatre on February 9 and 10.
All shows open at 7:30 p.m. with a special afternoon matinee in Oliver Saturday. Tickets and information can be found at www.venablestheatre.ca.