Harvest delivers bushels of laughs

Glen Bowser and Karen Cromar are brilliant as a host of characters in Harvest, a comedy that kicked off the Hudson Village Theatre’s 21’st summer season.
Glen Bowser and Karen Cromar are brilliant as a host of characters in Harvest, a comedy that kicked off the Hudson Village Theatre’s 21’st summer season.

Two-person comedy lets actors shine

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There’s nothing like live performance to ignite an appreciation for the arts.

And if the acting done by Karen Cromar and Glen Bowser in the Hudson Village Theatre’s 21’st summer season opener, Harvest, doesn’t awaken even the tinniest admiration for live, professional theatre, nothing will.

Harvest, which opened Thursday, is a comedy written by Calgary based playwright Ken Cameron. Cromar and Bowser star as Charlotte and Allan Duncanson, a retired couple who, despite a less then unanimous decision, rent out their rural farmhouse to someone they size-up as “a nice young man.”

Espousing all the salt-of-the-earth values a Canadian farm couple of a certain age would possess, Charlotte and Allan entrust their beloved home to the tenant and set off to start a new life in a big city condo.

Determined to not become nosey landlords, the couple give the questionable tenant the benefit of the doubt a few times too many before learning the home in which they raised their children has been turned into a marijuana grow op.

Harvest plays like a comfortable pair of shoes. The characters’ backstory is as familiar as if we’d heard it a dozen times before at the local IGA. Charlotte and Allan could be our neighbours, friends, fellow church goers.

Cromar and Bowser portray them believably and perfectly.

They also take on a host of other characters at lightning speed and without missing a beat.

It’s worth the price of a ticket just to see Bowser brilliantly switch into an entire gaggle of church ladies, or render a hilarious impression of a rabid dog. Cromar, meanwhile, equally and beautifully delivers when seamlessly morphing into a stooped old man with a Russian accent, a potbellied rural cop, a shady drug dealer, or any of a network of characters into which the acting pair segue.

HVT Artistic Director, Heather Markgraf Lowe, who directed Harvest, said she chose a summer lineup of “comedies with an edge” with fun in mind. And so far, she’s spot on.

Harvest will run from June 12- June 29 at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Rd., Hudson. For showtimes, tickets or information call 450 458-5361, or go to www.villagetheatre.ca.

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