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NEW COMEDY: Play Reading starring renowned actress Sheila McCarthy (FREE)

Join us for a public presentation of Cruise Control, a delightful and poignant new comedy by Canadian playwright / humourist Erika Ritter about laughter, disappointment and growing up. This play reading will star renowned Canadian film, TV and stage actress Sheila McCarthy! FREE ADMISSION. 

The show will only have room for 45 attendees. Since many members use the Thumbs Up website as a blog for things to see, the show's location will only be revealed to attendees!


Growing ever older in a young person's business, female comic Charlie Fischer repeatedly tries and fails to kick the standup comedy habit. Finally, at age 60, resting up between sets at a suburban comedy club, Charlie faces what it truly means to remain hooked on turning real-life disappointment into comedic gold -- especially when going for gold inevitably involves spiting herself and those who care about her. This play-in-progress is the sequel to Erika Ritter's 1980 Chalmers Award-winning play, Automatic Pilot. 

Featuring Sheila McCarthy, Chris Earle, Sam Earle (best known for his role on Degrassi), Nora McLellan and Jeff Meadows (Shaw Festival actor).


WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013

TIME: Show starts at 8 p.m. Meet Don at 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Bathurst Street area. Exact location to be announced to attendees only.

SHOW LENGTH: About 1 hour, 45 minutes


MEETUP FEE: $2 per attendee (Please pay Don exact cash at the meetup spot)


RSVP on this event page. Belinda will e-mail you the location about 24 hours prior to the show. Show up at the meetup spot on the day of performance.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: Members will enter the seating area and sit together as a group.


Meet Don at 6:45 p.m. inside the theatre in the lineup to enter the upstairs seating area. He will be wearing a bright yellow safety vest. Please note Don cannot let you into the line if you arrive late. Our group is arriving early to get one of the 45 spots available to see this show.

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  • Anne O

    I enjoyed the performance, in particular Stage Director Marti Maraden, Chris Earle and Nora McLellan. Thanks to Belinda and Don for arranging this event.

    December 15, 2013

  • sailorgirl

    Fully engrossing script and performances…Sheila McCarthy is truly amazing. Kudos to all and to playwright Erika Ritter for enriching the landscape of contemporary Canadian plays.

    December 15, 2013

  • Merle G.

    I really enjoyed the play. It had a good blend of humour and poignancy, and was the performances were excellent. Especially Sheila, who had to cover a whole range of emotions, and Sam Earle, who was terrific as her sonnyboy. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate, but the room was almost full, despite the weather.

    December 15, 2013

  • Leor

    Marti Maraden was the director and gave stage direction. Great drector and actress.

    December 15, 2013

  • Leor

    lots of fun. Studio was too hot but great see Marti Maraden,Nora McLellan and of course, Sheila McCarthy

    December 15, 2013

    • Belinda

      @ Leor: Who is Marti Maraden?

      December 15, 2013

  • mohmmada

    I"m so sorry I couldn't come.

    December 15, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Wonderful! Thank you Belinda and Don for hosting this event.

    December 15, 2013

  • mary anne m.

    thanks Belinda and Don...I will keep checking to get exact location

    December 13, 2013

  • mary anne m.

    Just found about this at 6 PM Friday...hop I can get in....Sheila McCarthy is great one of Canada's best!!!

    December 13, 2013

  • Debra

    Oh, this sounds like such fun. Unfortunately I will not be back from Montreal in time, so catch you at another TUT event.

    December 10, 2013

  • Leor

    I love Sheila McCarthy and I am looking forward to seeing her Saturday. Also, this will be my "meet/up" with the group and should be interesting to meet my fellow theater lovers.

    December 10, 2013

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