Local theatre company Espresso Theatre bring back familiar faces, real-life couple Devon Brayne and Jocelyn Haub, to play a quarrelling couple in the comedy “The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine.”
The show runs at the Dr. Foster James Penny Building, March 7-11 at 8 p.m. each night.
Espresso Theatre has previously produced the Cotton patch Gospel, Dickens and Mein Hump.
They are working with the U of L drama department for the Leah Cherniak, Robert Morgan and Martha Ross written “The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine.”
“It’s about a young couple who fall in love and get married and start living together and discover deeper truths about themselves,” summarized director Andrew Legg, adding it’s about the experience of choosing the person you want to be with out of the thousands available.
“It’s about the expectations you have when you move in together, and they all come together to comic effect,” he continued, noting Devon Brayne and Jocelyn Haub were his first choices to be in the production.
“As soon as I learned these two were back in town, I knew I had to have them in the play and it was like Christmas when they said yes,” Legg chuckled.
Legg, who is married with three kids, recognized himself in the play, as did Brayne and Haub, who immediately recognized themselves in the characters‘ dialogue.
“It was very relevant to us. This immediately related to our lives. It’ll dredge up relationship secrets,” Haub said.
“This dialogue is something all couples can relate to,” she continued.
“I concur,” Brayne added, noting it is easy to relate to the arguments the couple has.
“These characters have a lot of layers, which is refreshing because it is nice to explore each of them,” he continued, adding there is a lot of emotion in the comedy.
“We get to perform this side of these emotions,” Brayne said.
Legg chose the play because he enjoyed the humour.
“ I saw the play 20 years ago and I thought it was so funny. Twenty years later, I’m married with three kids and there is even more meaning in it,” he said.
“It’s really interesting to be part of it. It’s really funny and it comes from a really earnest place,” Haub said, noting anybody in a couple will identify with the play.
“There are a lot of laughs, but there are a lot of beautiful moments too,” Brayne said.
“The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine” runs at the Dr. James Foster Penny Building (324 5 St. S.) from March 7-11 at 8 p.m. each night. There is also a matinee at 2 p.m. on March 10.
Tickets are available at the U of L box office, the Dr. Foster James Penny building or online at ulethbridge.ca/tickets or by calling 403-329-2616. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 seniors and students.