Warm comedy-drama coming soon to playhouse

Jack Evans/For The Intelligencer Director Bill McMahon, standing, discusses some points about the script with some of his cast during a recent rehearsal. Cast members include Natalie Nolan, Tessa Forsey and Ian Feltham.

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Those who studied mathematics in high school will recall the need to “prove” the various theories. Thus, a math professor has reason to worry about the behaviour of some of his maturing children in a warm comedy-drama called “Proof,” which opens in The Pinnacle Playhouse Thursday, Jan. 31.
Seasoned director Bill McMahon, who is also a member of Prince Edward County council, said he is impressed with his talented cast, which involves actors from across the area from Napanee to Belleville.
“There was a strong turnout for auditions and I had no problem selecting the best four people for the cast,” he said. He added that the play is “a director’s dream – four characters, one set.”
Set in Chicago in contemporary times, the father, played by stalwart Ian Feltham, seeks to keep his family on the straight and narrow as he wrestles with dementia and impending death. One of his daughters who has developed a relationship with one of her father’s former students fears she might develop the same traits as her father. Then another sister enters the scene who is the family rebel. How the four characters interact within the bounds of strong family ties and love, forms compelling theatre.
This is the first time this play has been staged by the Belleville Theatre Guild. Written by David Auburn, it won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2001 and has been widely staged internationally. The play is described as “a passionate examination of the nature of genius, gender and the power of love.”

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