Funny Man Donald Adams Of Mimi (Or A Poisoner's Comedy)Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Today Wednesday, I must confess took me to that Vancouver suburb called Burnaby. To be precise I went to the Shadbolt Centre where the folks of Touchstone Theatre presented some excerpts (in full makeup and costume) of a delicious musical romp called Mimi (Or a Poisoner’s Comedy). The play, will open (after a stint this week, from the 3d to the 7th, at the Shadbolt) at the Firehall Arts Centre on November 10. Mimi (Or a Poisoner’s Comedy) is jointly written: Lyrics and Music by Allen Cole, Book and Lyrics by Melody A. Johnson and Rick Roberts. It is directed by our very own Katrina Dunn. The actors are Donald Adams, Greg Armstrong-Morris, Peter Jorgensen, Jennifer Lines, Linda Quibell, and Sanders Whiting.
Judging by what I saw and heard (the music is ever so sophisticated and grandly played live by the musical director, Steven Greenfield on piano) this play will be a joy of fun and funny, too. The costumes by Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh are sumptuously over the top. The lighting by Gillian Wolpert seemed to work just fine for my iPhone's low tolerance to high contrast!
But I have my own personal reason to want more than the chips that were offered to me today in that preview out in Burnaby. His name is Donald Adams.
After I took his picture he assured me that none of the songs he will sing are of his composition. He further promised that he would not attempt to woo me with his bassoon and that he would just entertain me with his wit. Wit and humour, Donald Adams has in spades. I have never seen a play in which he has disappointed.
In this which promises to be yet again one long, dark and rainy November I cannot think of anything better to do than to spend an evening watching one of the funniest men alive and living in Vancouver. And that’s Donald Adams. But be forewarned he could possibly pick up the bassoon again and that would be bad!