Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End: One Woman Show Hits The Stage In Wolfville!
By Mike Butler
Theatre has many challenges: knowing your lines, knowing your cues, remembering your props, working the set, staying in character, and so much more. Actors like to challenge themselves sometimes and up the ante, so to speak, so they choose projects that will stretch their talents. Actors do big ensemble plays, they try Shakespeare and Chekhov, they do a three-hander play, then a two-hander play and eventually, they try a one-person show (which I think is the biggest theatre challenge)!
Local actress Carole Ball has challenged herself for over forty years with ensemble pieces, opera, puppetry, and more, and now the time has come for Carole to take the stage in her one-woman extravaganza Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, playing in Wolfville at the Al Whittle Theatre.
At Wit’s End was written by journalist sisters Allison and Margaret Engel. It premiered at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in 2015. It has since been performed at theatres across America. Beachball Productions’ director Geoff Ball (with 50 years theatre experience), and his wife Carole, now bring this wonderfully funny play to Nova Scotia. Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End is a one-act, one woman social event that will make you laugh, think, and introduce you to an amazing lady that few know about or remember.
The show opens June 15 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, and runs June 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30pm and June 16 and 23 at 2:00pm, with a special preview June 14 at 7:30pm by donation. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at The Box of Delights Bookshop, 466 Main Street, and at the door.
If you can’t make the Wolfville dates or wish to spread the word about the show, Beachball Productions is also taking their show to Lockeport for a short run. You can catch it there July 27 at 7:30pm and July 28 at 2:30pm. For Lockeport venue see: facebook.com/LockesIslandPlayers/. Come and enjoy the show and support Carole and her courageous undertaking.