"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
CAUGHT IN THE NET
IN THE NET
at the Little Theatre
can't believe what's happened in this house today …"
that's farce for you. Seven doors, three phones, and over fifty sound
Cooney's smash-hit Caught In The Net – sequel to Run For Your Wife
– is a gem of the genre. But, like all farce, it is a challenge for
any company, and devilish difficult to do well. The experienced
farceurs of the Guildonians rose magnificently to this challenge,
and kept the matinée audience in stitches.
you've seen Run For Your Wife, you'll recognize the two superimposed
lounges, lived in, alternately, by bigamous cabbie John Smith. Tom
Hind was pleasingly credible as a taxi driver who's partial to Kit
Kats and Mars Bars, "with enough energy for two people".
Deft, precise delivery, with impressive set pieces including a tour
de force final solution. His best friend, and long-time layabout
lodger Stanley was confidently done by Tony Szalai, excellent at
thinking on his feet, and increasingly frantic as the complications
before, the two women have relatively little to do, but Angela Riches gave a nice spare-time stress counsellor, with Gill Bernie as the
more mumsy Mary.
children [it's fifteen years and two pregnancies since the earlier
show] who meet online – a novelty back in 2000 – are Andrew Spong
and Beth Smith, who both seemed very much at home in the world of
farce, where pace and momentum preclude much reflection.
nothing is seen of "potty Auntie Rosie in the attic", but
we do meet Stanley's confused old dad [Peter Farenden], dapper in his
holiday togs, who had some great laugh lines and a couple of
O'Connor's slick production handled the doors, the phones and the
cues with some style, with very few lapses of pace.
in a master-stroke of product placement, those all-important locks on
the doors were supplied by Open Locksmiths.
will sponsor the next Guildonians show – Agatha Christie's much
re-badged And Then There Were None ?