Penelope

Penelope A comedy in three acts In this elegant comedy of manners, Penelope O’Farrell discovers that her husband has been having an affair with an attractive married woman. Instead of lapsing into despair, she decides to employ some cunning strategies to save her marriage. Cast Penelope O’Farrell – Amanda Friday Dr. O’Farrell (Dickie) – Jeff…

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya is Anton Chekhov’s 1902 tragicomedy focusing on the romantic entanglements of the residents of a declining country estate. Vanya loves Helena, the unhappily married wife of aged professor Serebrakoff. Sonia loves Dr. Astroff, but he’s more interested in Helena. Serebrakoff loves only himself and is idealized by Vanya’s mother, who believes him to…

Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich

Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) may be considered the Canadian counterpart to Mark Twain. For many years he was professor of economics at Magill University and published a number of well-regarded texts on economics and political science. However, he is best known today for his many volumes of humorous fiction. During the 1920s he was one of…

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance takes place in a 24-hour period during a house party hosted by Lady Hunstanton at her country estate. The upper echelons of English society mix, mingle and flirt, including Lady Caroline Pontefract (who is on her fourth husband), the witty and ironic Mrs. Allonby and the dandyish Lord Illingworth. Wilde…

The Mantle

“The Mantle” follows the life of a civil servant, Akaki Akakievitch who just loves his work! Born in St Petersburg, he is a copy writer, meaning he copies text from one place to another. In his spare time and after work hours, he also copies. When given more responsibility, he begs to return to…copying. One…

Mrs. Dot

A rich widow finds that the man she wishes to marry is already engaged. He has just suddenly become a peer and cannot, he thinks, break his promise. Mrs. Worthey (Mrs. Dot) – Leanne Yau; Freddie Perkins – Richard Andrews; Miss Eliza MacGregor – PJ Morgan; Gerald Halstane – Chris Marcellus; James Blenkinsop – David…

A Protégée of the Mistress

The premier Russian dramatist before Chekov, Alexander Ostrovsky was one of the first masters of realistic theatre. A typical example of his approach to drama, A Protégée of the Mistress is almost cinematic in its presentation. The action is represented by a series of vivid snapshots, in which Ostrovsky quickly and subtly illustrates the foibles…

The Nose

Gogol’s phantasmagorical tale about a man whose nose decides to abscond and begin living a life of its own is one of the earliest and most celebrated examples of absurdist literature. Apart from its recondite humor, it is remarkable for Gogol’s skill in characterization and his ability to paint a picture of contemporary life in…

Four One-Act Plays

Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. As with most of his work, these four plays depict life from the view of the common man and provide vivid presentations of life, both urban and rural, in Australia before the First World War. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible?…

The Circle

A comedy in three acts by William Somerset Maugham Presented by the Online Stage After many years living abroad with her longtime lover, Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney visits her former marital home, now occupied by her son, Arnold, and his wife, Elizabeth. Also present is her estranged husband, Clive, who lives in a cottage on the…