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The Importance of Being Foolish’ marks more than three decades together onstage for Berni Stapleton and Amy House

When Berni Stapleton and Amy House first met at the Stephenville Theatre Festival 35 years, ago, they had no idea what they were getting into.

Berni Stapleton and Amy House are taking their two-woman show, “The Importance of Being Foolish,” on the road.  — Submitted photo

Three decades later, the two are still working together and spreading laughter across the province.

Their latest production, “The Importance of Being Foolish,” is a homage to the first play they performed together all those years ago — Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Set in the Retirement Home for Lesser Known Actors, the play sees the pair get in all sorts of trouble as they discuss everything from their childhood to life in their 90s.

Stapleton said the setting of the play is sort of a joke.

“Actors don’t get to retire the way many people do,” said Stapleton.

“We don’t have pensions. We wanted to create a place, possibly when they’re not quite done performing but nobody wants to listen to them.”

The show opened in Marystown on Aug. 4 and the pair received a standing ovation.

Stapleton said the first show is always important because the audience is a part of the comedy.

“We were getting a feeling for when we need to give the audience that breather — time to laugh, and time to think.”

House said even though the subjects of the play are in a retirement home, the comedy’s appeal is universal.

“Its certainly all ages,” she said. “It’s not necessarily a children’s show — but men and women will love this show, as we saw last night in Marystown. It was a mixed audience.”

The pair played Port Saunders Monday. They’ll be in Rocky Harbour on Aug. 21 and Isle aux Morts Aug. 24.

House has roots on the Northern Peninsula.

“Dad was from Daniel’s Harbour and Mom was from Port Saunders,” said House.

“I always said my heart was on the Northern Peninsula. When I turn off the highway to get on that Northern Peninsula highway, my heart starts to palpitate.”

Organizations: Berni Stapleton and Amy House, Retirement Home for Lesser Known Actors

Geographic location: Marystown, Northern Peninsula, Port Saunders Rocky Harbour Isle aux Morts

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  • Steve
    August 19, 2014 - 10:26