Parfumerie Promotional PhotoPhoto Credit: Metro Theatre


Metro’s second show of its 52nd season is a romantic comedy
the whole family can enjoy


My Review

If you loved “The Shop Around The Corner” or “You’ve Got Mail“, then hang on to your pink fluffy hearts as Parfumerie is a nostalgic take on this classic theme that will make your feet dance a happy happy song while you’re singing in the Vancouver rain (quick, someone take that lunatic away).

I love Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin as Horvath as his clean cut good looks are so Carey Grant like opposite Lauren Dutchak who plays Amalia with as much quirkiness of Meg Ryan. Stefan Winfield as Sipos is perfect as the straight man who acts as buffer for all who work at the shop.

It’s two drops of sweet pink rosy posy love struck dreams with five drops of lust mixed with two parts deceit and 2 oz of laughter that makes this play an welcome escape from the modern world of chaos to the simple nostalgic world of yesteryear where sweet love conquers all.


Looking for a night at the theatre that’s warm and happy to keep those cold evenings at bay? E.P. Dowdall’s Parfumerie, might just be the ticket for you! Parfumerie is a heart-warming romantic comedy that follows the tangled tale of employee George Horvath. Just days before Christmas, George’s boss fires him after mistakenly suspecting him to be the lover of his unfaithful wife.

Meanwhile, George’s own love life goes awry when he discovers that the stranger he has fallen in love with through a secret correspondence is none other than Amalia Balash, a co-worker with whom he constantly feuds. For the employees of the Parfumerie, only the truth can lead to a happy resolution in this old-fashioned, romantic Christmas tale.

Director Christopher King says “ Parfumerie we find one love that is fresh, like a new perfume that you can’t quite place, and one love that fades when we smell too often the familiar…Though the original Hungarian play was made into many well-known movies I know you will find a fresh new story that’s more than just a romantic comedy.”

This production is directed by Christopher King, stage managed by Iris Gittens, and features:

Lauren Dutchak – Amalia
Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin – Horvath
Bill Murdoch – Hammerschmidt
Stefan Winfield – Sipos
Ryan Mooney – Kadar/Fritz
Devon Sandhu – Arpad
Dani Lemon -Molnar
Madison McCord – Ritter
Simon Ruddell – Detective/Customer
Kat Palmer – Customer/ASM
Joe Povia – Policeman/Older Gentleman/Customer

“Come on into Hammerschmidt’s and look around, I know you’ll find exactly whwhat you need.”

Metro Theatre is proud to present Parfumerie November 8-29th, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, with two Sunday matinées at 2:00pm on November 16th and 23rd

Tickets are $23 for adults or $20 for students & seniors; Wednesdays you can buy two tickets for $32 and Thursdays you can buy two tickets for $34. You can reserve through the box office, 604-266-7191 or purchase online


The Parfumerie Facebook event page
Metro’s website – homepage
Metro Theatre’s location on Google Maps
Metro’s website – reviews of our shows
Photos on Metro’s Flickr page



Photo Credit: Metro Theatre



Metro Theatre (the Metropolitan Cooperative Theatre Society) is a registered non-profit cooperative society, and is fueled by volunteers. Its mission is to promote and develop theatre arts on a non-professional level.

Metro Theatre was created in 1962, and has produced more than 480 shows, including nearly 50 musicals, over the past 51 years. Sometimes referred to as the “humble little theatre,” Metro ironically has over 300 seats and puts on seven shows a year, more than all other non-professional theatre companies in North America and many professional ones.

Metro Theatre is wheelchair-accessible and provides assisted-listening devices upon request. It offers season subscriptions as well as individual reservations online and at the door.

Metro is located at 1370 SW Marine Drive, at the base of the Arthur Lang Bridge in Vancouver, It’s accessible by transit, and has free and paid parking nearby.


Box office phone: 604-266-7191
Facebook: Metro Theatre Vancouver
Twitter: @metrotheatre





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