Don’t Miss This Year’s GCTC/CCLA Lawyer Play

Want to see Ottawa’s lawyers in a whole new light? Get tickets to the annual Lawyer Play Fundraiser presented by The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA). It’s always a popular night out and this year’s show is Parfumerie, a comedy adapted by E.P. Dowdall from the original by Miklos Laszlo.

The cast of 21 lawyers, articling students and paralegals will present one preview and three gala performances from April 15 to 18 on the mainstage at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre. The director is Geoff McBride. 

“Parfumerie is a classic romcom set in Budapest in the 1930s and is about characters who can’t communicate, played by lawyers who communicate for a living,” says Mitch Charness, co-chair of the Lawyer Play Committee. “GCTC has designed a sumptuous set and stunning costumes so we feel as if we’re working in the shadows of the Grand Budapest Hotel.”

A fundraising project, the CCLA/GCTC Lawyer Play supports the operations of the Great Canadian Theatre Company and benefits a charity partner.  This year, that charity partner is StreetSmarts, a Jewish Family Services of Ottawa program.  It is a unique, street-based outreach program that offers resources and referrals, and delivers basic supplies to Ottawa’s homeless.  Outreach teams are volunteers who have lived the experience and understand the effects of street culture, and are able to engage with those hardest to serve. The team opens doors and facilitates referrals to treatment programs, operates a crisis line and provides linkages to other community support services, as well as social and housing services.

The Lawyer Play is one of the legal community’s longest running and most successful fundraisers. Over the past 15 years, those involved have raised over $1.2 million in support of GCTC productions and charity partners such as Operation Come Home, The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa-Carleton and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.

About the play:

This romantic comedy, set in Budapest, Hungary in 1937, follows the tangled love life of Parfumerie employee George Horvath. Just days before Christmas, George’s boss fires him after mistakenly suspecting him to be having an affair with his wife. Meanwhile, George’s real love life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers the stranger he has fallen in love with is a co-worker with whom he is in constant battle.  Note: This comedy, originally written by Miklos Laszlo and adapted by E.P. Dowdall, inspired the movies You’ve Got Mail and She Loves Me and The Shop Around the Corner.

Parfumerie Cast:

Ron Ahluwalia – Mr. Kadar

Tara Berish – Amalia

Paula Callaghan – Lady 2

Mitch Charness – Sipos

Carol Cochrane – Detective

Lyndra Griffith – Lady 1

Brett Hodgins – Policeman 2

Daniel Hohnstein – Policeman 1

Indrani Laroche – Lady 3

Rachel Leck – Customers & Carolers

Ted Mann – Mr. Hammerschmidt

Erin McNamara – Woman

Falon Milligan – Young Woman

Amanda Montague-Reinholdt – Miss Ritter

Dan Moore – Mr. Horvath

Siobhan O’Brien – Customers & Carolers

Janice Payne – Miss Molnar

Sarah Speevak – Fritz

Andrea VanderHeyden – Lady 4

Allison Vanek – Arpad

Jeff Warnock – Customers & Carolers 

Cameo Appearances:

Wednesday, April 15 – The Hon. Justice Robert Beaudoin and Dean Natalie Des Rosiers (University of Ottawa)

Thursday, April 16 – Lucy van Oldenbarneveld (CBC TV News Anchor) and Alan Neal (CBC Radio Host)

Friday, April 17 – Barbara Crook (Philanthropist) and a surprise guest.

Saturday, April 18 – Paul Dewar, MP and The Hon. Yasir Naqvi, MPP 

Special Events:

Teatro, the resident restaurant at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, is showcasing a different three-course dinner for each of the three gala evenings. The dinners are $50/pp plus gratuity.

Thursday, April 16th Wine Pairing Dinner

Friday, April 17th – Beer Pairing Dinner

Saturday, April 18th – Scotch Pairing Dinner

Ticket information:

Tickets for the gala evenings (April 16, 17, 18) are $100 and include a post-show reception and a $50 tax receipt. Tickets for the preview performance April 15 are $40 (no tax receipt). Tickets are available through any cast member; at the GCTC Box Office by calling 613-236-5196; or online at



This entry was posted in Community and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.