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Dot and Ada’s Bucket List

Review by Christopher McGarry

Performed by
Sheryll O’Hanley, Claudette Anderson, Ian Byrne, Avalon Dennis

Directed and written by
Jonah Anderson 

Supported by
Tanner MacKinnon (sound tech), Maureen O’Reilly (lighting tech), Amber MacCormack (set paintings)

The Story
Dot and Ada’s Bucket List is a goofy, riotously funny comedy about two aging lifelong friends who one day out of the blue decide to participate in a series of physically demanding and risky endeavors before they die. Side–splitting humor and zaniness ensue as the older women embark on a series of misadventures in the quest to accomplish all of the activities on their bucket list.

The Performance
The simple though well-written and amusing tale revolves around Dot and Ada, who’ve grown up on the East Coast and have known each other since childhood. Dot has a noticeable streak of impatience in her, especially with computers and modern technology (she calls facetime ‘facelift') while Ada is outgoing and loves teasing her best friend. Much to the chagrin of Dot’s granddaughter Molly, the women write up a bucket list consisting of such safe, wholesome activities as skydiving, bungee jumping, alligator wrestling and a celebrity séance, hosted by a weird, outrageous psychic (one of Byrne’s several roles in the play). 

Best Scene
O’Hanley and Anderson steal the show with scene after scene of hilarious hijinks and lines that provoked constant laughter from the audience.

Final Thoughts
Those in the market for an uproariously comic story without even the slightest vibe of seriousness will be satisfied from the moment the curtain opens to the end of the performance. There is never a dull moment, especially with the show’s soundtrack, which includes such great hits as Tim McGraw’s "Live like you were dying," "Jump" by Van Halen and "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf.

—Select dates at St. Peter's Courthouse Theatre. Tickets/info at courthousetheatre.ca.

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