Stage Business by Gerry FostatyStage Business by Gerry Fostaty

Stage Business

byGerry Fostaty

Paperback | January 1, 2014

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Title:Stage BusinessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:January 1, 2014Publisher:Deux Voiliers PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1928049087

ISBN - 13:9781928049081

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One great read Gerry Fostaty's STAGE BUSINESS is an easy, pleasurable read loaded with edge-of-your seat action and brilliant doses of wit and humour. The plot, wrapped in the clothing of the theatre and its cast of characters, takes us on a thrilling ride into the world of small-time drug dealers, raves and gangs in Toronto. During the last angst-filled days of a play rehearsal, we are treated to actor Michael Dion's first- person account as he is lured by his lust for fellow actor Amanda into helping her find Kyle--the missing 17 year-old son of her friend. Through Kyle's Facebook friends, Michael is led to the Dragon Lady, otherwise known as Megan. Megan is a "Trustafarian"--Bohemian trust-fund brat, who is a symbol of what Fostaty sees as the current generation of self-centred 20 somethings who crave praise but without having to do the work to warrant it. Megan directs Michael and Amanda to the site of a rave where Kyle had been abducted by The Pack Boys for dealing drugs in their territory. It is only Michael's continued high hopes of winning over Amanda's affections that quell his increasing nervousness as he is drawn deeper in Kyle's world and investigates his disappearance. In his theatre life, Michael still has to get off book--memorize his lines, which he does with the help of his friend and co-star Nigel. It is Nigel, along with Bid the stage manager and Tamara the costumer who are to play important roles in the drama developing off stage in the real world. Along with Michael and Amanda, Nigel, Bid and Tamara stage a real-life drama to rescue Kyle. The rescue uses all the actors' skills while utilizing the props and special effects of a theater production. One is distinctly left with the feeling that if you are in a serious scrape, a theatre company is exactly what you need backing you up. The story would perhaps have benefited from some of the action scenes being lengthened and on rare occasions, the novel becomes pedantic, dwelling too much on the details of the theater and Fostaty's social commentary. The pace soon picks up, however. STAGE BUSINESS succeeds in creating enough tension with twists and turns to keep the reader uncertain as to the outcome. It also delivers a surprise in Michael's quest for love. As a bonus, Fostaty's background as an actor provides genuine insight into the theater world. The novel works, the characters are believable and the plot rings true. STAGE BUSINESS is a worthy first novel. It is easy to envision meeting some of the characters again should Fostaty opt to create a series. Norman Hall, author, Four Stones.
Date published: 2015-06-14