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Okotoks players play out a familiar frustration

Drawing on a real-life experience, 'Able Cable' tells the timeless tale of calling the cable company.
Daniel Rose rehearses the rage of dealing with the cable company in the one-act play Able Cable on March 12, 2023. The play runs March 23 to April 1 at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre.

Running March 23 to April 1, the Dewdney Players are bringing their one-act play Able Cable to the Rotary Performing Arts Centre. 

The comedy, written by Gordon Dawson, tells the timeless tale of John, a man who simply wants to change his cable subscription. 

“It’s a lot of fun putting one’s self into that kind of irritating situation,” said Daniel Rose who plays John. “It seems to be a show that is very relatable to most anyone I tell about it. 

“Pretty much everyone has had some variation of that experience of having to call support for something and being bounced around between different call centres, never getting your name right and just the frustration that builds as you’re put on hold with the terrible music over and over again. 

“I get to slowly become unhinged as this destroys me.” 

Like most stories, this one came from the heart as Dawson drew on personal experience. 

“It came from a point of frustration, actually,” said Dawson. “You have to turn everyday situations into comedic relief sometimes; it came from phoning into the cable company, and I got put on hold and bounced from department to department listening to some god-awful music. 

“I heard at least 50 times in the hour and a half I was on hold, ‘Your call is important to us.’ And it was so sad it became comical.” 

The play shows glimpses over the passage of time starting with John assuring his wife the problem will be sorted before they have to leave for dinner with her parents. 

“He informs his wife ‘This won’t take long’," he said. "And when it played in the Okanagan, the audience laughed because everybody knew, everybody had this experience.” 

Accompanying the play will be a performance by Okotoks musicians Brettyn Rose on March 23, 25, and 30 and Dwight Forseth on March 24, 31, and April 1. 

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. each night and runs just under an hour, in addition to a full set by each of the musicians. 

For tickets and more information visit or call 403-938-3204.

Brent Calver

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Award-winning photojournalist for the Western Wheel newspaper covering Okotoks and the Foothills region.
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