SOAP presents…..Old Love
February 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
by Norm Foster
directed by Jen Jensen
At Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver
- Friday February 2 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday February 3 – 2:00 pm matinee
- Saturday February 3 – 7:30 pm
At OSS Theatre on Osoyoos
- Friday February 9 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday February 10 – 7:30 pm
“This is the story of my pursuit of a good woman. And I don’t mean just any good woman, because I know there are millions of good women out there. I’m sure there are some here right now. But, I have a particular woman in mind. Her name is Molly.
“I first met Molly twenty-five years ago. We met only three times, very briefly, over the course of the next three years. We were both married back then. Me to my wife Kitty, and Molly to Arthur Graham, the owner of the company I worked for. Eventually Arthur Graham sold the company and I didn’t see Molly again, but, she would always come back to me. Sometimes in a dream. Sometimes while I was just sitting at home going over the monthly bills. Or sometimes when I was driving over a long distance. Her face would suddenly pop into my mind at these times and I would wonder how she was doing.”
This charming two-act may feature a fairly straightforward plot line but the production can be a pure gem.
So what’s it about? It’s a romantic comedy, with touches of personal drama, spanning three decades, over which time a smitten Bud Mitchell meets (on several occasions) and falls hopelessly in love with his boss’s wife Molly Graham. The tone of those meetings is comic, with the setting usually an after-hours business social event.
Other than the socially awkward employee’s well-hidden infatuation with the always inebriated object of his desire, the action amounts to little more than a few shared words, all of which are promptly forgotten and lost by the outwardly and inwardly bored Molly in a haze of alcoholic indifference. Each subsequent time their paths meet, she has no idea of who he is and the fact they already know each other.