"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, September 30, 2013
ROXY KRASNER AND THE CASE OF THE SOVIET SUBMARINE
KRASNER AND THE CASE OF THE SOVIET SUBMARINE
College Players at the Brentwood Theatre
Roxy – back for another "totally unbelievable" ripping
yarn of international skulduggery.
superb set has an imposing fanlight [classy back projections behind]
which opens to form the submarine. Or in one priceless sequence,
three simultaneous subs, crewed by three shades of foreign foe.
everything is as brilliant as this, and we are served some very
ancient gags indeed, but style and polish make up for a lot, and it
is good to welcome back some masters of the genre: Darren Matthews'
laid-back dick, Lindsay Hollingsworth as his lovelorn side-kick
secretary, keeping fans and first-timers up to date with her
stream-of-consciousness soliloquies. June Fitzgerald and Elaine
Laight are here again as the Salmon Sisters, while Paul Sparrowham
reprises his lecherous Larry, memorably struggling into a lamé
fish-tail in a moment of pure, filthy farce. Indeed the shade of
Carry On is never far away, with some risqué wordplay from our
the denizens of Hollywood: Emma Feeney as a rasping Mabel, Hannah
James as English Gwen, James Wild – cod-piece as impressively
engineered as the U-boat's conning-tower – as Rodney, Claire Hilder
as dancing diva Lola, and Bob O'Brien brilliant as the Leg-Man,
tasked with humping mermaids around the sound stage …
yes, there are mermaids, and they do tap-dance. The glorious plot
involves Easter Island and Fabergé eggs - it's produced and
directed by Sue Welch and Nick Wilkes. Will this tie up the trilogy,
or will it become a franchise like the Road pictures or Dick Barton ?
Well, there's a hefty clue at the end of the show – let's hope
Roxy Pirelli [née Krasner] will bounce back soon in the mystery of
the pink bird …