by Diva Claire Carter:
I am at the point in life where many friends and relatives are walking down the aisle. With the announcement of an engagement, often comes news of engagement parties, stag and does (also known as buck and does or Jack and Jills), bachelor and bachelorette parties, and a date set for the main event itself. Despite planning, sheer luck sometimes seems to have more to do with how smoothly things run for all of these events.
I had the pleasure of attending the Stag and Doe in Blyth on Sunday, August 10, which is a shining example of how sometimes, things don’t always go as planned. Within minutes, my guest and I (and the rest of the audience) were sharing serious laughs. The plot of the story is worst case scenario, but has very real situations, of course punctuated by humour, shock and a bit of salty language. There are parts of the stag and doe experience that seem universal; the community centre, games, discussing the guest list and similar social events from the past.
Because the show features both a stag and doe AND a wedding, we see the same honest writing and acting as far as the wedding is portrayed – budgets are ignored, family dynamics are made public, alcohol plays a factor in decision making, schedules for the day are delayed and the fairy tale image of the day differs from the reality (sometimes leading to bridezilla behaviour).
The Stag and Doe is the perfect show to go to with a group of friends for a bachelorette party, to gift tickets to all engaged couples or those celebrating anniversaries. The actors in the Stag and Doe have great chemistry, and to the audience, seem like real couples, friends and enemies. Having attended Kitchen Radio, I noticed a number of actors have roles in both shows. It was amazing seeing how versatile these individuals are!
Another highlight of the show was catching the final performance of Bonanza Weekend, a Blyth Festival tradition when theatre-goers have the opportunity to watch all four main stage plays in three days for $100. What a fantastic idea! The theatre was packed, and the audience was having a great time. Next year, I hope to plan my Blyth Festival trips around this great weekend.
Box 10, BLYTH, Ontario N0M 1H0
Tickets are still available online or at the Box Office.