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Drama, comedy and music part of the 2014 season at Thousand Islands Playhouse

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GANANOQUE, Ontario — The 2014 Thousand Islands Playhouse season will feature productions that range from a well-known story about a stubborn widow and her chauffeur to a black comedy about a man and his plastic surgery.

Single tickets for the 2014 season go on sale Tuesday.

The playhouse presents productions in two theaters for its summer season to audiences of more than 40,000 in all. Besides the 363-seat Springer Theatre at 690 Charles St., shows are held at the more intimate, 140-seat Firehall Theatre, 185 South St.

The season opens at the Springer Theatre with “Driving Miss Daisy” from May 16 through June 14.

This story by Alfred Uhry is the second show that the playhouse has produced in association with Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, B.C., and follows the story of a wealthy widow and her kind chauffeur.

“Driving Miss Daisy” premiered off-Broadway in 1987 but was revived for a Broadway production in 2010. The 1989 movie version won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

That comedy/drama will be followed by the musical “She Loves Me,” with book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The funny story is about two co-workers who constantly bump heads, unaware that they are actually each other’s secret romantic pen pals. It runs June 20 through July 19 in Springer Theatre.

The playhouse returns to drama when “Jake’s Gift” is staged at Firehall Theatre from July 1 to 26. The one-person show, written and performed by Julia Mackey, is the story of a Canadian World War II veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.

“Jake’s Gift” has won several awards and has received stellar reviews throughout Canada.

A classic comedy by Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” will be staged July 25 through Aug. 23 at the Springer Theatre. The play is about two witty friends who have fun leading double lives, then begin to use the same alias to woo different women.

From Aug. 15 to Sept. 20, a dark comedy by Marius von Mayenburg produced in association with Toronto-based Theatre Smash and Tarragon Theatre will take the Firehall stage. “The Ugly One” is about image, identity and getting ahead in today’s beauty-obsessed culture, and about how far an ugly man will take plastic surgery to fit in.

The Canadian classic “Waiting for the Parade” runs Aug. 29 through Sept. 20 in Springer Theatre. The story by John Murrell is the second show this year that the playhouse is producing in association with Western Canada Theatre.

The drama, set in Calgary during World War II, about five women who work for the war effort while their men are away, reveals their secrets, tensions, dreams and inner-strength.

The season ends in Springer Theatre with the comedy “Educating Rita” by Willy Russell. It’s about a woman who decides to further her education. The character, Rita, meets a professor who teaches her the value of her own insights. The play premiered in London and was made into a movie in 1983.

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WHAT: 2014 season of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Ganonoque, Ontario:
The seven-show season begins May 16 with ‘Driving Miss Daisy” and concludes Oct. 18 with “Educating Rita.”
The playhouse operates two theaters: the 363-seat Springer Theatre, 690 Charles St. S., and the 140-seat Firehall Theatre, 185 South St.
In the Springer Theatre, evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8. Matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays.
Shows in the Springer Theatre: “Driving Miss Daisy,” “She Loves Me,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Waiting for the Parade” and “Educating Rita.”
In the Firehall Theatre, evening performances are at 8 Tuesdays through Sundays with 2:20 p.m. matinees on Fridays and Saturdays.
Playing in the Firehall Theatre are “Jake’s Gift” and “The Ugly One.”
COST: Single tickets are $32 for general admission, $30 for senior citizens $16 for students and $27 for perimeter seats, which have limited viewing.
There are discounts available for season ticket holders. For more information, go to the Thousand Island Playhouse website at www.1000islandsplayhouse.com or call the box office at 866-382-7020.
HOW TO GET THERE: Gananoque is across the St. Lawrence River nearly opposite Clayton. Boaters can dock at the Playhouse. Drivers can take the bridges at Massena, Ogdensburg and Collins Landing and take Highway 401 west, then take exit 648 toward Gananoque.
There is a free playhouse parking lot on William Street.
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