Kingston playwright’s ‘Liars at a Funeral’ takes the stage at Thousand Islands Playhouse

The stage is set for Liars at a Funeral, running until June 22, 2024, at Thousand Islands Playhouse. Photo by Rylie Snider/Kingstonist.

Gananoque’s Thousand Islands Playhouse asks you to join them, as they present the farce of Liars at a Funeral, written by Kingston playwright Sophia Fabilli.

Kicking off the 2024 season at the Playhouse, Liars at a Funeral follows a family as they come together for a funeral. The family has been divided over a family ‘curse’ that they believe had been passed down to twin girls. Due to said curse, the twins, Deedee and Mia, have distanced themselves from each other, creating a rift in their family. Their grandmother, Mavis, devises a plan to reunite the family, although it may not have been the best plan to get the family back together.

The cast of five brilliantly works the stage as they perform quick changes to complete the act of playing multiple characters. Throughout playing two characters, the actors effortlessly switch between roles, helping the audience follow and enjoy the distinctions between them. Everyone involved uses the set and dialogue to create hilarious scenes and several callback jokes that audiences enjoy for their creativity and meaning.

The handbill cover for Liars at a Funeral. Graphic via Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Fabilli’s script brilliantly incorporates different family dynamics, with all characters having distinct personalities, while also having familial similarities. Directed by Krista Jackson, with Brynn Godenir as Assistant Director, Liars at a Funeral plays to the strengths of all those involved, with backstage and technical crews executing a fantastic job, from set, props, and costumes, to sound and lighting design.

Nora McLellan plays the role of the family matriarch, Mavis, portraying a spectacular performance as the entertaining grandmother. Deborah Drakeford plays Mavis’s daughter, Evelyn, as well as the funeral director, Leorah. Drakeford is wonderful in both roles, quickly switching personalities for the two very different characters. Drakeford also shares the stage with Courtenay Stevens. Stevens plays Evelyn’s best friend, Frank, as well as playing the role of her ex-husband, Wayne. Lucy Hill plays the twin granddaughters of Mavis. Hill starts the play as Deedee, along with her frequent scene partner Justin Otto who starts the play as Quint, Deedee’s long-time friend. Otto and Hill then swap roles and complete multiple quick changes becoming Mia and her boyfriend Cam.

Liars at a Funeral will be at the Playhouse until June 22, 2024, with shows at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. There are also 7:30 p.m. shows available on Thursdays and Saturdays, all running until closing day, Saturday, Jun. 22, 2024. Ticket prices range from $19 to $40, depending on age and seat within the theatre. Tickets can be purchased on the Thousand Islands Playhouse website or in person at their box office.

Rylie Snider is the inaugural member of the Kingstonist NextGen team, dedicated to fostering the passion and knowledge of local youth writers and reporters while highlighting the vibrant sports, arts, and social scenes of the younger generations in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
A Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School student, Snider is dedicated to keeping people updated on everything going on in our schools, and her coverage focuses on everything, from local sports and theatre, to fundraising events and opportunities for students in the area.
For more information on the Kingstonist NextGen team, email Editor-in-Chief Tori Stafford at [email protected].

2 thoughts on “Kingston playwright’s ‘Liars at a Funeral’ takes the stage at Thousand Islands Playhouse

  • If you can go, you won’t regret it! This is an amazing show and well worth seeing.

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