Play long on laughs – and insight

A scene from Jim & Shorty, a new production by Langley Players. - Contributed photo
A scene from Jim & Shorty, a new production by Langley Players.
— image credit: Contributed photo

Jim & Shorty, a play set in the margins of urban life, opens up a world of humour and despair in Langley Players latest production.

The play, by Canadian actor and writer Alex Poch-Goldin centres around the lives of homeless men, characters who keep a sense of humour amid the despair as they trade stories about doughnuts and smokes, sisters and girlfriends, shelters and welfare.

The cast includes Langley’s Mitch Kaputinsky, making his stage debut as Big Tom, Dann Wilhelm – who’s appeared in several Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society productions – as Jim, plus Reginald Pillay as Shorty. Pillay is another familiar face from FVGSS. He’s also acted in previous shows with Beach House Theatre and Stage 43. He can also be seen playing opposite a juice carton-shaped puppet in the Encorp Return-it commercial.

The Langley Players production of Jim & Shorty is directed by Marko Hohlbein, who directed Surrey Little Theatre’s award winning production of Mending Fences last year.

The show runs Thursdays to Sundays to Feb. 16 at Langley Playhouse, 4307 200 Street in Brookswood. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Reservations are available by calling 604-534-7469 or email reservations@langleyplayers.com.

– Visit www.langleyplayers.com for more information.

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