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Jonas and Barry in the Home

Jonas and Barry in the Home

By Norm Foster
Subjects: Comedy, Death, Grief & Loss, Atlantic Playwrights, New Brunswick, Family Life, Community Theatre Picks, Comedy
Casting: 1 f, 2 m
Duration: 120 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770919501, 128 pages, October 2018
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770919525, 128 pages, October 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770919518, 128 pages, October 2018


“When life comes knocking you don’t want it to find you on the couch in a soiled bathrobe. ”

Norm Foster’s quick wit is strong in this lighthearted buddy comedy about living life to its fullest.

Barry is annoyed that he’s already living in a seniors’ home at sixty-seven, but it’s worth it to live near his daughter, Rosie. Rosie, who works at the home, brought him in so he wouldn’t be alone in case he has a heart attack like his father, brother, and uncle did before they were sixty-five. So Barry spends his time shuffling around in his slippers, taking naps, and having dinner with Rosie, and that’s good enough for him.

But Barry doesn’t get to revel in the quiet for long. Enter the loquacious and flirtatious Jonas, who wrote one hit song thirty-seven years ago. Jonas likes to indulge in the finer things in life, like decadent dates and nice clothes, and he sees Barry the curmudgeon as a fixer-upper. As they bicker and bond over women, sports, and family values, Jonas and Barry must learn to open up and face how to keep living their lives.


“The play is a roller coaster of emotions, evoking uncontrollable laughter one moment and profound sadness the next. ” —Chris Daponte, The Wellington Advertiser

“It’s a remarkable piece of writing. ” —Ron Foley MacDonald, The Chronicle Herald