Comedic duo set to debut new show in Hope

Performance highlights some of the challenges of life after retirement

Gord Sutherland and Nancy Guitar debut the comedy His Her Retirement at the Hope Legion Feb. 14 and Feb. 21.

Gord Sutherland and Nancy Guitar debut the comedy His Her Retirement at the Hope Legion Feb. 14 and Feb. 21.

Gord Sutherland is debuting his latest comedy His Her Retirement at the Hope Legion this week.

The show, presented by Family of Comics, deals with the challenges of being together 24/7 when a couple retires. The couple is faced with renewing their relationship and finding dreams they can chase now that their time is their own.

“Retirement can be confusing, but it can also be time to reconnect, reflect and have a laugh. Laughing in the face of wrinkles is what this show is all about,” said Sutherland.

“It is my hope that this work will connect with my generation, the Baby Boomers, as we face the reality we never prepared for – we’re now the old folks. The movers and shakers are now being sidelined and finding retirement is not the great life the 55 plus commercials promised.”

Sutherland’s connection with Hope’s location and people compelled him to debut His Her Retirement here.

“Now in my 60s I can say I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Hope,” he said.

“I have stood in awe at the natural beauty and delighted with the humour and welcoming nature of residents.”

Sutherland remembers hitchhiking through the community as a teenager from his home in Surrey to pick fruit in the Okanagan. Arriving late in town, a motel owner took pity on him and a friend, and provided them with a room and meal.

He also has fond memories of canoeing the Fraser River and stopping for breakfast numerous times on his way out of town.

Sutherland will be joined on stage by seasoned actress Nancy Guitar. The pair present His Her Retirement Feb. 14 and Feb. 21. Showtimes are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.50 for matinee and $15 for evening shows. Reservations can be made at 604-217-0849.

Tickets are also available at the door by cash.