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L to R: Matthew Michael Lorz, Tim Mabey, Kenny Hayes. Photo: Wendy Wagner.

Theatre Review: A Comedy of Tenors at Kanata Theatre—until 09.28.19

By Laura Gauthier and Samara Caplan on September 20, 2019


Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).

We BFFs are pretty hardy theatre folk but, admittedly, don’t head out to Kanata often. However, Kanata Theatre invited us to come and check out a show, and we were glad we did!

A Comedy of Tenors is a farce revolving around miscommunication, assumptions and mistaken identities. When a huge concert is being staged to feature three famous tenor singers, we quickly find the show unravelling—merely hours before it is set to begin. Egos, misinterpretations, and family fights threaten the success of the show within a show.

L to R: Tim Mabey and Lesley Osborn. Photo: Wendy Wagner.

We were very impressed with the high quality and detailed set, especially when we saw the very reasonable ticket prices ($17–23). The Ron Maslin Playhouse is a beautiful and intimate venue, and the staging was brought as far forward as possible, which helped bring the actors and their excellent projection even closer to the audience.

L to R: Matthew Michael Lorz, Lesley Osborn, Tim Mabey. Photo: Wendy Wagner.

Opening night had an older crowd laughing throughout the evening at the antics onstage (and even commenting on how handsome the lead actor was). The cast was quite adept at well-timed physical comedy, had quite a few naughty jokes, and then a full Opera performance by the tenors.

The show moves quickly with very few pauses, which kept the action and momentum going, bringing the audience deeper into chaos, wondering how the heck they were going to get out of it; and whether the show would indeed go on.

We’re excited to see the rest of the lineup for the 2019–2020 Kanata Theatre season, including Operation: Mincemeat, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Quartet, and Opening Night. With longer show runs, slightly later start times (8pm versus some 7pm or 7:30pm shows downtown), great quality performances and relatively well-priced tickets, Kanata Theatre productions are worth the drive.

A Comedy of Tenors continues at the Ron Maslin Playhouse until Saturday September 28, 2019. Performances happen Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm. Single tickets are $23 (subscriber rate is $17). The show runs about 2 hours with intermission.