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Langley Players are ready to show their Sensitive side

From left: Reginald Pillay, as Lou d’Marco, Alaina Holland as Edna Miles and David J. Bodor as Tom Hanratty, rehearse a scene for Langley Players’ spring production Light Sensitive, which opens at the Langley Playhouse on April 17. The production is also the Players’ entry into the Fraser Valley Zone theatre festival in May.  - submitted photo
From left: Reginald Pillay, as Lou d’Marco, Alaina Holland as Edna Miles and David J. Bodor as Tom Hanratty, rehearse a scene for Langley Players’ spring production Light Sensitive, which opens at the Langley Playhouse on April 17. The production is also the Players’ entry into the Fraser Valley Zone theatre festival in May.
— image credit: submitted photo

The third and final production of the Langley Players’ 2013-14 season opens on Thursday, April 17.

Light Sensitive, written by Jim Geoghan and directed by Angela Bell, is a bittersweet comedy in which love conquers all, as two lost souls meet in Hell’s Kitchen.

Tom is a blind, embittered ex-cabbie who has become reclusive and Edna is a disabled woman who has also isolated herself from the rest of the world.

They are brought together when Lou, Tom’s only friend, enlists Edna to take care of Tom.

The epic battle of wills and wits that ensues proves, once and for all, that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.

“The first time I read this play, I thought it was amazing,” said Bell. “I laughed through so much of it, and I was genuinely touched as well.

“Out of the darkness of what brings them together, come three characters who show us there is light at the end of every tunnel.

“I think there’s something inherently uplifting about that,” she said.

“This story has something for everyone; good old macho bravado, a battle of the sexes, moments of truth and tenderness, and a healthy helping of humour to accompany us along the journey these characters take. It’s about real life, and real people.

“I hope people who come to see this show not only truly enjoy it, but I hope they leave happy, their hearts a little lighter,” added Bell.

Light Sensitive, which will be Langley Players’ entry into the Fraser Valley Zone Festival in May,  runs Thursdays to Sundays from April 17 to May 17 at the Langley Playhouse, 4307 200 St.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For reservations call 604-534-7469; email reservations@langleyplayers.com; or buy tickets online at  brownpapertickets.com. Visit langleyplayers.com for more information.

All tickets are $15 but there is a special two-for-one promotion for everyone attending the productions on April 17 and 18. In addition, on those two dates, season pass-holders are entitled to bring a guest for free.

This production contains some coarse language.

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