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Laura Burke plays the role of Jelly in  The Attic, The Pearls, and Three Fine Girls - The News/Files
Laura Burke plays the role of Jelly in The Attic, The Pearls, and Three Fine Girls
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If you haven’t seen it yet, you have two more chances this week to catch the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society’s award-winning production of The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls.

The play won the Fraser Valley Zone festival’s most outstanding production last month and is heading to Theatre B.C.’s Mainstage competition in Kamloops.

In The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls, we meet Jayne, a closeted corporate shark; Jojo, a perpetually broken hearted professor and Jelley, an eccentric artist with a penchant for boxes.

When their father dies and leaves strict instructions for a “wild party” of a funeral, the ensuing wild romp through the attic of their childhood home sees the Fine sisters do battle with themselves and each other, regressing, expressing and exploding, as they grasp and test the bonds of sisterhood.

Collectively written by Martha Ross, Aless Dufresne, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Jennifer Brewin, Alisa Palmer and Leah Cherniak, it’s a play described as a “remarkable balancing act of broad comedy and real drama.”

Emerald Pig’s production is directed by Amy Starkey and produced by John Stuart.

“It is a comedy about torturing those we love the most, the boxes we put them in and the family vein that runs through the roughest relationships,” says Starkey, as the troupe gets ready for two weekend performances in Maple Ridge.

“It promises to make you laugh, cry, sing and maybe even dance – in red boxer shorts.”

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The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls is at Meadowridge School, 12224 – 240 St. in Maple Ridge on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. More information at www.emeraldpig.ca.

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