The Mercury Players present the comedy Quartet from May 5-15 at the Mercury Theatre in Duncan. (The 3rd Eye Photography)

Upcoming comedy imagines aging opera troupe

Mercury Players present Quartet at Duncan’s Mercury Theatre from May 5-15

A Cowichan Valley theatre group will present a show within a show, of sorts, as it presents a comedy about aging opera singers in a retirement home.

Mercury Players present Quartet by Ronald Harwood and directed by Leslie Sanchez, from May 5-15 at the Mercury Theatre in Duncan.

“It’s a play filled with wicked and saucy humour about art and growing old,” noted a press release from the theatre group.

The show will tell the story of a once-famous opera trio living “placidly” in a home for retired musicians until an outspoken ex-wife unexpectedly moves in and “speaks her mind with hurtful and hilarious results.”

Mary Louise Phillips, who plays diva Jean Horton, said in the release that she loves the way Quartet addresses concerns about aging with humour and compassion.

“The play takes gentle aim at the myths and misconceptions younger people hold about growing old…” she said. “I hope Quartet will remind people that getting old need not be a prison sentence.”

Starring along with Phillips will be Kim Watts, Sylvia Swift and Rien Vesseur.

Quartet will run May 5-15 with shows Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays and Saturday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 or $17 for seniors and students. Opening-night admission is two tickets for $30. Tickets may be purchased at or at the door. For more information, visit

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