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Barb Bowes and Tony Eaton practice a scene from Two Fools Production’s Expiry Date that’s showing at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre until Dec. 7 with showings each Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Barb Bowes and Tony Eaton practice a scene from Two Fools Production’s Expiry Date that’s showing at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre until Dec. 7 with showings each Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. - Darrell Cole

Two Fools Productions returns

AMHERST, N.S. —

You never know what you’re going to get when Terri McCormick and Trish Jardine let their creative juices flow. When they do, the end result is usually hilarious, if not a little raunchy.

The two people who make up Two Fools Productions have returned with a new two-act play, Expiry Date, that might be called a love story, albeit a little warped. No, very warped.

“We always tend to say we try to make people laugh till they pee,” McCormick said. “We have a different sense of humour and we just go with that and hope people enjoy. The cast members all have the same sense of humour and audiences seem to like it.”

Expiry Date begins Nov. 8 and 9 at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre on Ratchford Street and continues with shows on Nov. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 and Dec. 6-7. Written by McCormick and Jardine, the show is directed Barb Bowes and features Bowes as Dr. Kelly Young, along with Dryden Dawson, Tony Eaton, Shelley Hoeg, Alan Linkletter, Christian Pipes and Jenn Siddall.

Tickets are $20 and available at Buds to Blossoms. They can also be purchased through the Two Fools Productions Facebook page.

Showtime is 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. It also features a cash bar.

“It’s about a love guru or life coach. She’s favour, like a Dr. Phil character,” McCormick said. “To launch her new book, 50 Ways to Love Your Lover, she decides to give away a weekend retreat to counsel some couples from throughout the Amherst area.”

The couples have a connection to each other, and their interactions turn very wacky.

“Dr. Young spends the weekend unravelling these connections and it takes a rather humourous turn,” she said. “There is a reason why they’re all there.”

For Bowes, who is directing and acting, the script is fun. She said it’s indicative of the sense of humour of both writers.

“I read the script and then wondered about the minds of the people who wrote it,” she joked. “To be able to produce such a story it’s an amazing talent by them to put it together. It’s a great cast.”

She said it’s a challenge acting and directing, but she’s looking forward to reaction.

“You never know how it’s going to go until you deliver that first joke or line,” Bowes said. “I think this is one people are going to laugh from beginning to end.”

She warned it’s is a production for adults only.

As they have done in other productions, the team of McCormick and Jardine tend to identify local businesses and landmarks in the play making those who attend feel like it happened in their community.

Some of the cast return for each play while there have been a few additions over the years.

Expiry Date is the Two Fools Productions’ seventh play.

McCormick said the goal of Two Fools is to make people laugh, but she cautioned the content is definitely R-rated and raunchy. She sometimes wonders how their plays are going to be received, but generally on opening night they get a sense of how each production is going to be received.

Traditionally, she said, most shows sell out and humour – as strange as it is for two writers has been a common theme from the first production, Night Crawlers: A Swingers Tale, to Loose Lips, Melf on a Shelf, High School Reunion…Class of ’85, the White Gables, the Unreal Housewives of Cumberland County and the sequel, Halfway to Heaven: The Unreal Housewives Last Hurrah!.

“Trish and I will look at each other and ask ‘is this funny?’ Then people will be like ‘Oh my God this is funny!,’” she said. “That’s when we know we’ve done it again.”

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