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Theatre Review: Phoenix Players’ Wrong for Each Other—until 11.30.19 at The Gladstone Theatre

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on November 24, 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).

Relationships are not as straightforward as they can often seem. After a chance encounter at a restaurant four years after their divorce, we are taken through the highs and lows of Norah and Rudy’s relationship that all lead to its eventual demise.

Wrong For Each Other, written by Norm Foster is currently running at The Gladstone Theatre. The most produced Canadian playwright, Foster has had more than 50 plays on professional stages and is well known for his humorous writing that gives the audience insight into issues of everyday life.

The staging by Phoenix Players had a few simple sets laid out across the stage to serve as scenes for flashbacks, while the actors and lighting moved from area to area to shift the storytelling. The two-person show meant a lot of dialogue for each actor, which they did quite well.

The two-person show meant a lot of dialogue for each actor, which they did quite well.

Dave McIntyre played Rudy brilliantly with mannerisms and humour that gave us visions of Paul Rudd. Though both characters are clearly flawed (because really, who isn’t?), Rudy definitely comes off as a more likeable character and gets most of the comedic lines. Norah (played by Andrea Lewandowski) counteracts Rudy’s comedic vibe by coming off a bit more uptight and with some very visible fears around investing in a serious relationship.

From the first meeting, to the first date, to their first kiss, the audience can see for themselves if things were set to fail from the beginning or if their divorice was all a big mistake. One of the most relevant pieces of the show is repetition where issues, opinions and wants that surface on day one haven’t changed three years into the relationship.

While the play takes place in no discernible time period—it could be present day or 1990—there were a few elements of the story that raised some feminist questions for us—how would this story be different if it had been written by a woman? We also had a long debate on the drive home over the ending and what it meant for Norah and Rudy. If you see it and want to discuss with the BFFs—hit us up on Instagram—we’d love to know what you thought!

Wrong For Each Other continues at The Gladstone until Saturday November 30th, 2019. Shows are Friday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets cost $24-$27. The show runs about 1 hour and 40 minutes with intermission.