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Many theatre companies are coming to the end of their season before a brief summer hiatus.<br />

Many theatre companies are coming to the end of their season before a brief summer hiatus.

And they may have saved the best for last.

On June 8, The Great Canadian Theatre Company presents its final play of the 2009-2010 season, Heroes.

The comedy is about three war veterans, Philippe, Gustave and Henri, living home in France in 1959.

Each is suffering their own affliction. Henri has a gammy leg. Gustave is agoraphobic and Philippe frequently passes out due to a piece of shrapnel in his brain. In an attempt to recapture their glory days, the trio plan a great escape to the poplars over the hill and beyond.

In a special presentation from the National Arts Centre English Theatre, A Place to Call Home will play two nights on May 7 and 8.

The production is a solo performance from Northern storyteller and musician Pat Braden as he reflects on the coming of age in the mining town of Yellowknife, NWT.

The Ottawa Little Theatre will wrap up its season on June 1-19 with the classic Noel Coward comedy Present Laughter.

That play follows a few days in the life of self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine, as he prepares for a theatrical tour of Africa. Along the way he has to fend of aggressive female fans, placate his secretary and estranged wife, deal with an excited young playwright, all the while coming to grips with his approaching fortieth birthday.

The Gladstone Theatre has two summers plays left in its current season.

Italian American Reconciliation runs from June 10-26. The play centres on Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano’s attempt to regain his manhood after divorcing his shrewish wife.

Then from July 22 to August 14, the Andrews Brothers will take over at the Gladstone Theatre.

The wartime play is about a trio of soldiers, Max, Lawrence and Patrick Andrews sent to help out with rehearsals for a USO show.

 
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