‘Giovanni’s Women’ opens run at Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s tonight

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It’s a revenge thriller, with plenty of blood and foul language, but a good dose of comedy; the kind of script Quentin Tarantino might have created if he had written “Sex and the City.”

School Zone will open a run of “Giovanni’s Women” — with a twist — at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre tonight.

The play was originally written by British playwright Robert Hamilton as his first full-length theatre piece. For School Zone’s version, he tweaked it with the help of producer/director Fabian O’Keefe and dramaturge Chris Tobin, to include a Newfoundland backdrop, though Hamilton has never visited the province. It took the trio about two months of working on the revised script together via email to complete it.

The play centres around John (Chris Hibbs), a serial cheater whose lies have finally caught up to him, and his wife, Penny (Nancy White), who chooses to end the marriage in an extreme way.

The play also stars Rachel Huys, Michelle Lambert, and Heather Phillipps.

School Zone’s previous productions include adaptations of “The Twilight Zone” and “Judge Prowse Presiding,” which earned the theatre company multiple awards at the 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival. “Giovanni’s Women” is School Zone’s submission for this year’s festival, which will happen in Stephenville April 20-26.

Tickets for “Giovanni’s Women” are $25, and are available at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre box office, by calling 729-3900, or online at www.artsandculturecentre.com. The play runs from tonight until Sunday, with a pay-what-you-can matinée Sunday afternoon.

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Organizations: Culture Centre, School Zone, Barbara Barrett Theatre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Stephenville

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