February in Cape Breton is a cruel month of North wind, deep snow and frozen earth but at the Boardmore Playhouse the forecast calls for heat. Escape winter’s chill and join the Boardmore Theatre as they present, Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy The Rover, a rollicking, shocking portrayal of lust, love and larceny.
The Rover tells the story of the wayward sailor, Willmore, as he joins the festivities of Carnival. There, he crosses paths with Helena, a young noblewoman determined to escape her fate in a nunnery. But their unusual courtship isn't the only romance cooking in the tropical heat; soon, they are embroiled in comic complications involving star-crossed lovers, vengeful courtesans, and hot-blooded courtiers with flashing blades. Duels and disguises! Wit and will! Blades and beauty! Passion is flaring in every breast, and someone's going to get burned.
Director Sheila Christie describes The Rover as a heated portrayal of the battle of the sexes, told from a female point of view. “Behn understood how risky it was for women to express their sexuality. But she knew the rewards too: the passionate partnerships that could result when women went for what they wanted. Her play reminds us of the dangers women still face, and celebrates their fearlessness in the game of love," she says.
The Rover opens Tuesday, February 1 with a Pay What You Can Performance and plays nightly at 7p.m. until Saturday, February 5. A Talkback Session will follow Friday’s show. There will be a matinee Sunday, February 6 at 2p.m. Admission is $10 General and $8 for Students/Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the CBU Box Office or by calling 902-562-1652.