Looking for a great night out? Your best bet this week is The Best Man.
A political drama by Gore Vidal, it’s the14th annual lawyer play fundraiser presented by the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and the County of Carleton Law Association. Onstage Wednesday, May 8, through Saturday, May 11, at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, the live local production is for a couple of good causes. Proceeds support GCTC and the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) of Ottawa.
This year’s show, directed by Patrick Gauthier, is the perfect choice for this political town, since the dramatic action tackles the matter of morality in the race for a place on the ballot. What’s even more fun is the actors include lawyers, judges and politicians. (And they’re working for free.)
Do Ottawa’s lawyers and judges make good actors? Well, in this case you can be the judge.
Thanks to their theatrical efforts, the YSB will have financial support to help launch a new initiative called Youth to Homes. There’s certainly a need.
While youth homelessness has long been an issue, in recent years there has been a big jump in the number of young people with complex mental health issues who are also grappling with homelessness.
The preview performance May 8 is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $35. Gala performances May 9, 10 and 11 are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include a $50 tax receipt. Tickets are available from GCTC. Call 613 236-5196 or visit www.gctc.ca.