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New Comedy Opens at the Playhouse

Ken and Maggie

By Ken Albanese and Anne Campbell, photo by Toby Baruch

San Miguel Theater Company is proud to open its 2015-16 season with Vigil, a deliciously absurd, incredibly funny, and poignantly tender comedy filled with plot twists and turns galore. It runs Wednesday to Saturday, August 26-29 at 7:30pm and Sunday, August 30, at 5:30pm at the San Miguel Playhouse.

Wed, Aug 26 – Sat, Aug 29, 7:30pm
Sun, Aug 30, 5:30pm
San Miguel Playhouse
Avenida Independencia 82
150 pesos

Written by the internationally acclaimed Canadian playwright, Morris Panych, the play has been produced around the world and translated into 17 languages—even Latvian.

Vigil is about an unexpectedly extended visit between socially inept Kemp and his elderly Aunt Grace, whom he hasn’t seen in 40 years. His charitable act quickly wanes as Kemp’s quirky personality makes the audience laugh and gasp at the same time.

This oddball pair becomes trapped in a macabre bond that is comic on the surface and yet deeply human at its core. The laughs keep coming but they lead to some shocking surprises and tender moments.

The role of Kemp is played by Ken Albanese. Ken was a comic hit in the role of Ben Hecht (the guy who was always typing) in San Miguel Theater Company’s inaugural production of Moonlight and Magnolias. Ken’s acting and directing experience include numerous professional productions in Canada and other parts of Mexico.

Maggie Bunce, who delighted audiences recently as the ebullient mayor’s wife, Claire, in Steel Magnolias, plays the part of Grace. Interestingly, Olympia Dukakis, who played Claire in the film version of Steel Magnolias, was also cast as Grace in a production of Vigil directed by Panych himself. Maggie has had extensive experience acting in New York theater and musical productions.

Barbara Ziff is stage manager. Direction is by Henry Vermillion, one of San Miguel’s most experienced directors and the acting general manager of the Playhouse. Anne Campbell is the producer.

In discussing Vigil, playwright Panych said, “I was thinking about how important a time it is for a show like this to happen, when you are having this conversation about health care (in the United States) and, believe it or not, in our country (Canada). I think it’s a good time to talk about responsibility and what we owe each other and society, and this play does that in a kind of compassionate, funny, interesting, quirky way.” Vigil will make you think about life and death and the bonds of humanity that hold us together—but most of all—it will make you laugh!

Tickets for Vigil are 150 pesos and may be purchased every day at the Galeria Izamal, Mesones 80, 11am to 3pm and 4 to 8pm. Reservations may also be made by sending an email to

The San Miguel Playhouse is located at Avenue Independencia 82 in Colonia Independencia, about five minutes from the Jardin by taxi. All seats are reserved. Doors open one hour before performances, with bar service in the lobby seating area. There is free secure parking and taxi concierge service.


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