Luba Goy bringing best of her cast of characters to Barrie in April
When Luba Goy returns to Barrie April 14, no doubt she’ll be making a few jokes about the first time she came here.
“It was so creepy because there was no one there but me. It looked out at the crematorium stack. It was very quiet,” said Goy, who will be filling the Georgian Theatre with laughs as part of a Barrie International Comedy Festival Special, decades after starring in a Gryphon Theatre play.
The building that once served as the nursing students’ residence is long gone. It was on Wellington Street at the north end of the hospital campus on the west edge of downtown.
“I’m sure it had ghosts. It felt like it did. It’s like being in a horrible movie with Jack Nicholson, The Shining.
“Once I was in my room at night, I didn’t come out. I was in there for the night. Wouldn’t you feel creeped out?”
Goy has covered a lot of theatrical and comedic terrain since she graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1969. She’s been on the stage at Stratford and appeared in TV shows, including Bits and Bytes, an educational show about computers.
Now 69, she has her own show, Luba, Simply Luba, but she is perhaps best known for her many roles on the Royal Canadian Air Farce.
She has found humour in how we live as Canadians, in characters that we meet and take for granted. She’s taken on Hillary Clinton, Yoko Ono, Barbara Streisand, the Queen, Elizabeth Taylor and author Margaret Atwood.
The show at the Georgian Theatre “will be me and at least 40 other people on stage that I do. Whoever at the time (comes to mind) — it could be Pierre Trudeau or Jean Chrétien or Preston Manning, leader of the Ref-o-o-o-o-rm Party.”
She said she will tackle what’s happening in the news and put a new light on it, although she won’t have the assistance of the team of Air Farce writers.
“Inspiration comes and I jot it down, but I do sit down and write if I have to,” she said, admitting that as a child, she was chatty and a bit of a fun-loving troublemaker in school.
She has also explored her own Ukranian heritage and made a name for herself in that community, which honoured her with a Kobzar Literary Award last year, a play that an adjudicator told her was “art”, although it was the story of her life.
No doubt, we’ll see a bit of Barrie and a bit of ourselves in the April show.
“I’m looking forward to having a rollicking good night of comedy and sharing my stories,” Goy said. “It’s what I love to do.”
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