“Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii” is the latest comedy from local theatre company Nothing On Productions to open at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre’s Barbara Barrett Theatre.
“Nurse Jane” centres on a wild chain of events that follows a romantic weekend between Harlequin Romance novel writer Vivian Bliss and married school teacher Edgar Chisholm.
The play is a quintessential farce written by Allan Stratton, driven by cases of confused identity, long lost relatives, and a healthy dose of physical comedy.
On the heels of last year’s “The God of Carnage,” director Janet O’Reilly says that “Nurse Jane,” unlike its predecessor, is “definitely not a dark comedy. It is very fun - it’s like a roller-coaster ride.”
Audiences can expect to see various physical gags onstage and humour that is suitable for the entire family.
“I recommend it to everyone. People come to appreciate the work that goes into physical comedy. Anybody can appreciate a cake in the face,” O’Reilly says, adding that characters really do get caked during the performance.
The play’s physical comedy is intertwined with a web of troubled relationships.
According to O’Reilly, it becomes just as easy to laugh at the play as it is to become attached to the characters within it.
After working with the Beothuck Street Players for more than 15 years, O’Reilly, Jill Kennedy, and Katherine Elliott founded Nothing On Productions last year.
As actors, directors, and producers, they all hope to encourage more theatre-goers and even non-theatre-goers to attend productions like “Nurse Jane” and others happening around the community.
“The mandate of the group is to do comedies. We put on very accessible, leave-your-troubles-at-home kind of plays.” O’Reilly says. “We’re like the gateway drug of theatre.”
With two productions now under its belt, Nothing On Productions continues to look to the future.
Their goal is to eventually revive one of their Beothuck plays, “Noises Off,” in front of a larger audience at the Arts and Culture Centre.
For now, O’Reilly says they want the audience to have a good time.
“Just come out and have fun. It’s nice to come out and (go) along for the ride,” she says.
“Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii” runs in the Barbara Barrett Theatre (formerly the Basement) at the Arts and Culture Centre, Thursday until Sunday at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are available online at artsandculturecentre.com or by calling the box office at 729-3900.