Romantic comedy last show of season for Odyssey

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It is a fitting end to Odyssey’s season.

The theatre company’s final production of the season will be the romantic comedy “He Said, She Said.”

“This one is a really fun romantic comedy with two people and it is written by Neil Fleming and Glenda Sterling who are Calgarian playwrights,” director Roxanne Dicke said. “It is an original piece so it is one of our pieces that we get to do the premiere of it for them and we are really proud of that.”

The play is about two young professionals falling in love, navigating the difficult dating world, Dicke said.

“It is about two people who have been on the dating scene for a period of time and they find each other at a gym of all places and it is the start of their relationship together,” said Nicholas Pawlak, who plays the role of He.

The play goes through their relationship and their journey trying to understand each other.

“In the course of that, of course, we have misunderstanding and we have assumptions, we have the honeymoon phase,” Dicke said. “It kind of covers the gambit of their relationship, the arch of their relationship. It is a neat piece about love and how we build trust in a relationship with each other.”

“She has been hurt in the past and is very hesitant to trust again,” said Kalyn Heisler, the portrayer of She. “She’s very cautious and she’s not very confident. She is gaining that as she goes along.”

The play is unique since the audience gets to hear the characters’ perspectives throughout it, Dicke said.

“You climb inside each of their experiences, so you get to see them interacting and then you get to see them pop out and break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience about what they actually think is happening in their relationship,” she said.

“I think the play shows a vulnerable sides of people,” Heisler added. “It is a glimpse into the minds, so it is a neat perspective. I think we are all scared to admit that we can be vulnerable and this play is a great focus on that and how people can build upon those vulnerabilities.”

Many people will be able to relate to the play, both the actors said.

“Playing the He and incorporating my own life experiences into the character is quite a treat,” Pawlak said. “I think everyone can relate to either the He or the She in a relationship, the ups and downs and I think that is what the audience will take away and really find pleasurable about this play.”

Dicke said it is a perfect play for this time of year because “I don’t know about everyone else in the city but I’m ready to just have some fun, relax, enjoy, have a laugh, come out and have a good meal, enjoy something that is an original piece, celebrate the arts and what we have locally here.”

There will be Thursday to Saturday dinner theatre and show only available, as well as the Sunday brunch show. All showings will be at the Wesley United Church.

“The brunch is nice -- it is an amazing meal as well,” Dicke said. “It is a different menu than the rest of the week -- it could be a great Mother’s Day outing.”

For the dinner theatre and brunch, Dicke said people will have to buy tickets in advance at the E.A. Rawlinson box office so they have an accurate head count for the meal. Those attending the show only can buy tickets at the door.

Since this season is almost over, Dicke is already planning next season.

“Odyssey has done a wide variety of things this year,” she said. “We have done everything from shows at the Rawlinson to Wesley United and we have exciting things planned for next year.”

Organizations: Wesley United Church, Rawlinson

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