Matrimonial tribulations highlighted in upcoming production

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Pictured is the cast of Marriage Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (in front L-R) Terry Mazerolle and Melanie. In back (L-R) are Jennifer Robertson and Grant Reso.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The trials and tribulations of matrimony are highlighted in the Seaway Valley Theatre Company’s upcoming production of the comedy, Marriage Can Be Hazardous to Your Health, by Arnold Kane.

Television producer, Eddie Walker (Terry Mazerolle), is going through a mid-life crisis. The father-of-two leaves his wife, Dianna (Jennifer Roberstson), in hopes that a younger, more vibrant woman, Cindy (Melanie Samis), might bring him back to his former self.

After he begins a relationship with the young, beautiful woman, whom he’d hired to be the spokesperson in an exercise video, he realizes that maybe she’s is too much for him to handle, and that he misses his former lifestyle.

Rejuvenated, the ex-wife, who has, since their separation, become the woman he’d hoped she was when they were married, comes back into the picture.

Eddie, seeing the exciting changes in his ex, following their split, falls back in love with her and begins cheating on his girlfriend.

The plot thickens.

Added to the mix is best friend to Eddie, Roger Billingsley (Grant Reso), who, for all intents and purposes, buffoons his way through the tangled love triangle.

There are some great performances in this show, said Lacie Petrynka, director, who is thrilled to have company veterans and newcomers to the stage in the cast.

“I love the dynamic between the two male characters, played by Terry Mazerolle  and Grant Reso, she said, you can tell the chemistry between them immediately.

“Grant is typical.  Just throw him on a stage and let him go,” said Petrynka. “He’s got that beautiful comedic timing and he’s not afraid to be silly. He will fall on a table if you want him to or hang himself on a coat rack. He’ll do what he has to do to make sure that character comes to life.”

Melanie has been involved for many years, said Petrynka, no stranger to the stage, and  Jennifer, who morphs beautifully from a vulnerable stay at home mom to a pulled-together modern woman, is excellent.

“It’s really about Eddie and Diana finding out where they belong. I prefer to call it a ‘dramedy’ because there are so many beautiful poignant moments between the husband and the wife that draw you in. Some of it is very real to what you’d see in households today.”

Marriage Can Be Hazardous to Your Health runs July 18, 19, and 20th (matinee 12:30), 24, 25, 26. All performances begin at 7:30 unless otherwise indicated, at Dreambuilder Studio, on Second Street West.

Tickets can be purchased online  or directly at the Civic Complex box office. Visit for further information.

Organizations: Seaway Valley Theatre Company, Reso

Geographic location: Ontario

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