Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts

Rick Chafe
March 17, 2016 - April 03, 2016
Preview - March 16, 2016
Saving a marriage by gutting the kitchen...what could possibly go wrong?

"...right up until its satisfying end, Chafe delivers comedy that has more than a bit of the bite of truth and real life to it. This demolition is a solid crowd-pleaser." – CBC Radio

World Premiere

Wayne and Julie embark on that emotional roller-coaster ride known as “renovating the kitchen”, when they should probably be renovating their marriage instead. Their contractors are a twenty-something couple who have issues of their own. A hilarious new play that looks at renovation addiction, the friction between baby-boomers and millenials, and the nature of lifelong commitment in marriage...and kitchen cabinet choices.

The perfect comedy for anyone who has survived a home renovation project.

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including intermission)


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  • VIDEO - Robert Metcalfe talks about the show

    Why a "small reno" is just like a unicorn...
  • What the critics say

    "Rick Chafe comedy nails domestic dynamic. Marital strife meets kitchen renos, hilarity falls close to home" - Winnipeg Free Press (see more comments)

    "This demolition is a solid crowd-pleaser." - CBC
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    "The antics emanating from the set design are worth the ticket price alone. The stamina of the actors is amazing in this fast-paced, cleverly written treatise of modern life." - Heather Emberley, Community News Commons 
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    "If it happens that you've attempted improvements on an old house in Wolseley, the laughs — and maybe a sense of uneasy familiarity — may hit even closer to home."  - Winnipeg Free Press
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    "Of course, this transformation does not occur without a few lively and hilarious battles, first occurring within the couples and later between them, all in the midst of a very real environment created with Winnipeg local flavor." - Rebecca Danos: A Harmonic Analysis
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    "A hilarious play. It all makes for great fun" - Only in the Peg   
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  • What our audience says

    "Rick Chafe has written a fun, quirky comedy with some underlying terror. MARRIAGE: A DEMOLITION IN TWO ACTS (PTE) was a perfect end to my day! Winnipeg theatre rocks!" - Heather Madill (see more comments)

    "A must see!" - Sonora Lipeshky

    "Just saw it -- funny and touching. What a great production to close off the season." - Prairie Gypsy

    "MARRIAGE: A DEMOLITION IN TWO ACTS by Rick Chafe is a riotous comedy. Definitely a must see." - George Bass, QC, ICD.D

    "Saw it last night. It was hilarious!" - Maxine Zabenskie

     

  • VIDEO - Go behind-the-scenes

    Shaw TV's Blair Malazdrewich and PTE's Productio Manager Wayne Buss take you backstage to see what makes the set for the show really tick.
  • VIDEO - Scene Excerpt

    "You have to get over this idea that a budget is carved in stone."

The Playwright Says: “It's kind of a state-of-two-unions report: a 20-something couple that might start a marriage, and a pair of Boomers whose marriage may have just about run out of rope. It's about being baffled over what we've become, fearing what we might yet become, and a kitchen reno gone terribly wrong.”

Bob Says: “The Playwrights Unit at PTE is a relatively recent initiative, so it’s incredible to see the amount of quality work that the members have created. Being able to watch a play from its stuttering beginnings to full production is very fulfilling. While Rick’s last play at PTE, The Secret Mask was a drama, albeit full of humour, this new script is a raucous comedy that will close our season. I’m looking forward to the challenge of bringing this to our audiences in my role as director. I have a long list of home repairs that I’ll tackle over the summer for research. It will help me determine just how much swearing is appropriate for the situation."


Featuring:

Tom Anniko
Erin McGrath
Justin Otto
Marina Stephenson Kerr

Directed by Robert Metcalfe
Set & Costume Design: Brian Perchaluk
Lighting Design: Scott Henderson
Original Music Composed by Greg Lowe
Stage Manager: Melissa Novecosky
Assistant Stage Manager: Chris Pearce
Assistant to the Director: Andrew Sanger


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