Surrey’s Elyse Raible

Audiences are eager for cocktail comedy

Langley Players 2014 fall season opens with Cocktails at Pam's, a comedy that mines the fertile ground of expectations and high standards.

Nobody said being the perfect host would be easy.

Pam Cochrane thinks she’s got everything under control, but she’s holding onto a thin illusion.

There are too many bouquets for the number of vases on hand, a guest turns up her nose at one of Pam’s canapés, and the group breaks out into a game of charades when the hostess’s back is turned.

Cocktails at Pam’s, a quirky Canadian comedy penned by Stewart Lemoine, is the Langley Players’ fall production.

It’s opening this week and the first two performances (Oct. 16 and 17) have already sold out – suggesting audiences are ready for the fall theatre season to begin.

The play takes a closer look at the cocktail party, mining social conundrums such as whether to eat dinner before or after the party and how to endure meaningless conversations with pompous guests.

Stir in an anxious hostess who wants everything to be perfect, and you’ve got an evening that’s set a collision course with

comedy.

A constellation of actors from across the Fraser Valley are in the cast of Cocktails at Pam’s, including Cloverdale’s Andy Wood (Playing Dr. Max Powell), and Surrey’s Elyse Raible (Denise Powell).

The rest hail from as far away as Abbotsford, Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows, as well as Maple Ridge and Langley, home to director Williams and Producer Mary Renvall.

“The play is an ensemble piece with 11 characters, which gives 11 actors the chance to explore and define their uniquely quirky personalities,” Director Dave Williams said.

Set in 1965, a time of change, the set features mid-century decor, designed by the Langley Players’ award-winning team.

Cocktails at Pam’s runs Thursdays to Sundays, Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, at the Langley Playhouse, 4307 200 Street, Brookswood. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m.

For reservations call 604-534-7469 or email reservations@langleyplayers.com, or buy tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/133005.

Visit www.LangleyPlayers.com for more information. Tickets are $15.

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jeremiah Salahub, 41, (Photo: Surrey RCMP)
Surrey RCMP looking for man reported missing in Newton

Jeremiah Salahub, 41, was last seen 3 p.m. Oct. 21, at 72 Avenue and King George Boulevard

Participants in the annual Ride For Refuge charity event bike in front of the Cloverdale Community Kitchen Oct. 3. The event raised $15,000. (Photo submitted: Beverly Rennicks)
Participants raise more than $15,000 in local Ride for Refuge

Cloverdale Community Kitchen raised $5,000 more than last year

Police investigating multiple stabbing at a Newton townhouse on Tuesday night. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Man charged with murder, aggravated assault in Newton townhouse stabbings

Harpreet Singh is to appear in Surrey provincial court on Oct. 29

(Delta Police Department photo)
Police investigating indecent acts in North Delta park

Police received two separate reports of a man masturbating near the Mackie Library on Oct. 21

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

More and more electric cars are on the road, but one Chevy Bolt owner was shocked to see how much his BC Hydro bill skyrocketed once he started charging the vehicle. (Black Press file photo)
Lower Mainland man sees significant spike in BC Hydro bill after buying electrical vehicle

An increase should be expected, but Brian Chwiendacz experienced a 200-plus per cent hike

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Anonymous YVR is an Instagram page that reviews restaurants and other establishments around B.C. based on how well they adhere to COVID-19 rules. (Instagram)
Anonymous Instagram page reviews COVID-19 safety measures at B.C. businesses

There are a number of public health orders various types of establishments must follow to slow virus’s spread

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The Vancouver Canucks and Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen have agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual salary of $2.55 million. (@Canucks Twitter photo)
Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen, Vancouver Canucks agree to two-year deal

Two sides avoid arbitration, Virtanen will receive average annual salary of $2.55 million

Jordan Naterer, an electrical engineer from Vancouver, was last seen Saturday Oct. 10. (Facebook photo)
Search efforts to resume for missing Manning Park hiker; Trudeau speaks on case

PM says he’ll do what he can to ‘nudge’ efforts to find Jordan Naterer, yet has little leverage locally

Most Read