The most fun you’ll have beneath the sheets

No need to head downtown on a cold winter’s night for quality, live entertainment in West End Montreal while the Cote Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is on stage. Local talent abounds as energetic local director Anisa Cameron returns to the Greenspon Auditorium in CSL City Hall with Norm Foster’s Bedtime Stories, a hysterical melange of six very personal and unexpectedly intertwined stories of characters that blend zany antics with heart-wrenching tear-jerker skits.

Bedtime Stories_CSL Drama

Featuring returning performers Mayor Anthony Housefather and Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Sam Goldbloom the play will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions,  that are touching, heart-breaking and hysterical.

“Whether you’ve gone to extreme measures to make a quick buck, or sought forgiveness for wrongs committed in your youth, whether you’ve desperately tried to save a failing marriage, or done something crazy to get attention the wrong way, Norm Foster’s remarkable little comedy champion’s the notion that these people could be any of us, and that means we are all in bed together,” says Cameron.

Kujavsky and Housefather as could-have-been lovebirds Susan and Derek

Kujavsky and Housefather as could-have-been lovebirds Susan and Derek

Handsome Derek Baumgarden, played by the ever-so-confident Housefather, and gorgeous Susan Upchurch, played by the personable Jordana Kujavsky, are perfectly cast as two post high school should’ve-been sweethearts briefly reunited 10 years later. Housefather’s haphazard comedic look at his mortality (he has weeks to live) and Jordana’s peeling away of the trials and tribulations from fickle teenager to struggling, young, frustrated wife was performed with such realism that you’d think the two were pros. They deserve a CSL Oscar for sweethearts of the year.

Star-studded Sam Goldbloom in the mid-life crisis role of Lou Ballantyne and his “wife” Betsy, played by the adorably maternal Judy Kenigsberg, are a couple that’s “too sexy”, who look back over their long and loving relationship with wit, in an uncomfortable Seinfeldian way. Funny and cute at the same time we’re drawn into their love story but really don’t want to see anything develop! Here’s two thumbs up for the unlikely couple.

Brownstein and Samra as the Odd Couple crooks, Davey and Nick

Brownstein and Samra as the Odd Couple crooks, Davey and Nick

Mitchell Brownstein and his partner in crime Mikey Samra play the Odd Couple of burglars, Davey and Nick. Brownstein morphs from an amateur thief to heart-broken husband in a hilarious back and forth during their pathetic robbery attempt. Brownstein is the brainchild and driving force behind the CSL Dramatic Society. So committed is he to bring stage performance to CSL that even a personal health setback could not keep this prolific actor/lawyer/politician off the stage.

The other cast members include notable from the CSLDS’s 2013 performance of Fiddler on the Roof such as Steve Stein, Herbert Brownstein and Seymour David as well as persistent Ariel Sterlin , emotional Suzanne De Jonge, sexy stripper Lia Olla, and new to the CSL stage Matias Rittatore, Priam David and Brenda Epstein.

The 90 second interludes by Jessica Zylberlicht, Jordan Lahmy and Jesse Stein (also in Fiddler) was creative and entertaining without a single spoken word.

There are five performances beginning tonight and running through Sunday night. Don’t wait or it will be too late. Tickets are on sale online at or at the Côte Saint-Luc library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6806 ext. 2200.

Read more on Mike Cohen’s blog.