Mission's Mahara Sinclaire is Nora in Escape from Happiness

Mission entertainer featured in Langley play

Mahara Sinclaire takes role in Escape from Happiness

Mission actor Mahara Sinclaire is lending her talents to Langley Players’ spring production of Escape from Happiness.

Escape from Happiness, written by award-winning Canadian playwright George F. Walker, is a gritty and entertaining dark comedy about the dysfunctional Quinns family.

The play takes place in the kitchen of a rundown house in a not-so-classy part of a large city. It is home to Nora, an oddball, middle-aged woman; her three daughters, who display a variety of neuroses; and an older man who may or may not be the girls’ father.

When the youngest daughter’s husband is beaten up by local thugs, the family is thrown into crisis. Two criminals of questionable intelligence and two police officers who approach policing from different perspectives help to make Escape from Happiness a very funny, black, slice-of-life comedy.

The play is directed by Helen Embury.

“I was drawn to this play because of the very real, endearing characters developed by the playwright,” said Embury. “As they struggle against ‘the world out there,’ they are not always successful. And yet as we empathize with their predicaments, we can’t help but laugh at their off-the-wall logic.

Escape from Happiness runs Thursdays to Sundays from April 16 to May 16 at the Langley Playhouse, 4307 200 St. in Brookswood. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Patrons should be aware the play contains some coarse language.

For reservations, visit www.langleyplayers.com/reservations.html or buy tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/133005. Patrons may also email reservations@langleyplayers.com or call 604-534-7469.