Students test line for funny

Where the line exists between funny and strange is what the theatre club at Vancouver Island University is exploring in their fall play.

Where the line exists between funny and strange is what the theatre club at Vancouver Island University is exploring in their fall play.

Satyr Players stage Betty’s Summer Vacation, by Christopher Durang, at Malaspina Theatre Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

The play is entirely run by students, who studied technical and performance aspects of theatre.

Betty’s Summer Vacation is the story of an average young woman – Betty – who rents a summer share at the beach with her chatty friend, Trudy.

Despite Trudy’s constant chatter, all seems well and Betty thinks this is the perfect place to sit, sleep and tan, finally getting the relaxation she deserves.

But soon Betty’s luck turns to lunacy as various characters turn up, all with odd little quirks, such as three “beings” which act as a laugh track throughout the show.

The play tests the boundaries between where funny should come to a halt before it becomes strange.

“Betty’s Summer Vacation is a wacky and bizarre comedy that pushes the line of what funny and strange hilarity really is,” said director Jon Greenway, a second-year theatre student.

“It will be fun to see how all our actors will work in areas that go outside their comfort zones.”

Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $5.

Please call 250-740-6100 for more information.