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"Bedroom Farce"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The second show of Community Players' 90th season is Alan Ayckbourn's 1975 comedic play, "Bedroom Farce". Take four couples, three bedrooms, two celebrations, one blazing fight and an illicit kiss or two! The show is about the trials and tribulations of suburban marriage. The oldest couple, Delia and Ernest are getting ready to go out for a meal to celebrate their wedding anniversary. The youngest couple, Malcolm and Kate are about to host a housewarming party to which the other two couples, Jan and Nick and Susannah and Trevor have been invited. At the last minute Nick hurts his back and is unable to go. A troubled married couple have a problem relationship which requires urgent attention. What better solution than to talk it over with family and friends? Preferably in their respective bedrooms and ideally in the middle of the night. Inevitably, one problem relationship tends to spark off another. When you have friends like this, nobody gets much sleep. Many comical twists and turns take place leading to laughter from the audience in this absurd and confusing farce that compares and contrasts the differences between couples young and old and in the different troubles they encounter. Director Lee Rush casts these roles wonderfully, directs the show with a firm hand and a keen insight into these hilarious characters and the situations surrounding them.

Lee gives her cast some fantastic sight gags and shtick to keep you thoroughly amused. She also has them use topnotch British accents in these roles and gives each of the couples their moments to shine. Lee sets the show in the 1970's, has her cast dressed in the 70's clothes and hairstyles. Her colorful set is by Bill Whitehead. Not wanting to give away the clever twists and turns of this comic show, I'll mention some of the comic bits about each couple.The older couple, Michael Thurber and Alyce Hagopian are hoots in their roles of Ernest and Delia, as they celebrate their wedding anniversary. They eat herring in bed and he reads Tom Brown School Days while she applies make up and lectures him on how to tip at the restaurant and that it is their favorite restaurant they go to once a year. Alyce has a hilarious moment when she spells out sex to Susannah. Nick has a bad back and is confined to his bed. He falls out of bed and when his wife, Jan helps him back up, he falls on top of her which won much laughter. Brian Lopes and Michelle Monti are topnotch in these two roles with physical comedy and facial expressions. The physical altercation at the party is hilarious as Trevor and Susannah go at it. Real life married couple Alex and Alyssa Gorgone play this young couple with gusto. Trevor is a know it all hippie with an afro and handlebar mustache. Susannah is unsure of herself, reciting a self help mantra of believing in herself over and over. Her funniest moments come when she hides under the coats in the bed at the party, has nightmares while sharing a bed with Delia and she and Trevor crawl into Kate and Malcolm's bed. Alyssa shines in this off kilter role. Trevor steals a kiss from another, gets caught and has to talk his way out of a sticky situation. Malcolm and Kate are the hosts of the party. They hide different objects in their bed and he builds a shelf in the second act with hilarious results. Matthew Brandenberg and Melissa DeCiantis plays this young couple So for a fun filled farce, be sure to catch "Bedroom Farce" before time runs out.

"Bedroom Farce" (21 - 30 January)
THE COMMUNITY PLAYERS
@ Jenks Auditorium,Division Street, pawtucket ri
1(401)726-6860

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