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Posted: November 9, 2013

CCT’s first production of the season – Visiting Mr. Green

Cranbrook Community Theatre (CCT) brings us a comedy and poignant drama about friendship, family and forgiveness in their upcoming production, Visiting Mr. Green.

VMG_1The story is about an elderly Jewish Manhattanite, Mr. Green, who has withdrawn from life following his wife’s recent death. Ross Gardiner, a young corporate executive, is found guilty of reckless driving after almost hitting the elderly Mr. Green, and a community service order is imposed upon Ross: he must spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr. Green. What starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together develops into drama, as family secrets are revealed and old wounds are opened.

Director Tanya Laing Gahr, brings a small apartment in New York City to the stage where two local actors, Michael Grossman and Jerrod Bondy will have you shedding tears of laughter and empathy as they portray the tale of Mr. Green and Ross.

“This is a play I’ve wanted to direct for almost 10 years,” said Laing Gahr. “It blends humour and pathos so beautifully and I think the themes will resonate strongly with Cranbrook theatre-goers. And the way Michael and Jerrod absolutely embody these characters is simply brilliant. They astonish me every rehearsal with their willingness to take chances and connect to this piece. They are outstanding actors.”

Visiting Mr. Green will run for 10 nights at the Studio/Stage Door, 11 – 11th Ave. S., Cranbrook, November 29 & 30, December 4-7 and December 11-14.

All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 members/$15 non-members available at Lotus Books, located at 33 S 10th Ave., Cranbrook.

CCT has been entertaining Cranbrook and area audiences for over 50 years. The society strives to promote and develop local talent: on stage, behind the scenes, or in the director’s chair. CCT believes theatre, music, dance, and art play an important part in the community, and are pleased to call the Studio/Stage Door home.

Photo cutline: At rehearsal are local actors Micheal Grossman playing an elderly Mr. Green, and Jerrod Bondy as young corporate executive Ross Gardiner in Cranbrook Community Theatre’s first production of the season Visiting Mr. Green. Photo by Julian Bueckert

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