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Second Chance, First Love

Second Chance, First Love

One Act



Decades later Zelda meet up with her first love, Stanley a washed up sit com star in the hotel room.

Of Note: Finalist – Calgary Theatre Critics Award, Outstanding New Play


Sometimes you have to be striped bare to realize what is really important.


Does Zelda want to re-kindle her romance with Stanly or is something else her first love?


“I laughed. I sniffed. I cheered. I gasped in wondrous disbelief and I lost my glasses when I took them off to wipe the tears of joy from my eyes watching Caroline Russell-King’s new comedy Second Chance, First Love…. And like Neil Simon America‘s master of deeply human comedies, Russell-King knows how to set up a joke but she also knows there is laughter in pain and merriment… Do yourself a favor check into Lunchbox Theatre’s Palliser Suite where you’ll have a second chance to relish houmour and heartache Russell-King style” – five stars.”

– Louis B Hobson, Calgary Sun and 103 FM

"Caroline Russell-Kings pitch perfect rom-com… Russell-King’s latest hotel comedy, the second in the trilogy that are an homage to Neil Simon’s suite plays- beautifully hits the comedy suite spot. Second Chance, First Love is the perfect romantic comedy. – 4 stars"

– Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

“I am by no means immune to the charms of a cute but smart comedy. After all, you’ve gotta lean into the light and laugh once in a while! Happily, Caroline Russell-King’s world premiere of Second Chance, First Love affords this pleasure quite heartily through a sweet but intelligent story of former lovers reuniting for a possible return to romance. Like Simon, Russell-King’s script tackles the issues and concerns of regular people through a dialogue-rich mix of humour and bittersweet seriousness… You will laugh all the way through and never be uncomfortable with the language or sexual situation. SEE IT… you will enjoy a fabulously fun, not overly formulaic hour in the theatre.“

– Jessica Goldman, CBC Theatre Reviewer

How To Get a Copy

Second Chance, First Love is one of three plays published in a trilogy called Palliser Suite.

To purchase this published play please contact Frontenac House.

Past Productions

Development History

Second Chance, First Love was developed through Stage One Petro Canada Plays at Lunchbox Theatre with director Kevin McKendrick under the Artistic Directorship of Pamela Halstead.

  • Gail Hanrahan
    Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary, AB)