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The Up­per Canada Play­house opened the first show of their reg­u­lar sea­son with the much-en­tan­gled bed­room farce, The Amorous Am­bas­sador by Michael Parker, on Satur­day, June 12.

Yet an­other packed house en­joyed the ri­otous story, which takes us across the pond, where the Amer­i­can Am­bas­sador to Eng­land, played by Garfield An­drews, is re­lo­cate to the Am­bas­sador’s home for the week­end, of course, foil­ing ev­ery­one’s plans. Try as he might, the but­ler, played by Play­house vet­eran and au­di­ence favourite Doug Tangney, does his best to try and keep ev­ery­one’s li­aisons dis­creet, all the while deal­ing with his own “at­tach­ment” to the Am­bas­sador’s sec­re­tary (An­na­Marie Frances Lea).

As per usual with the very pop­u­lar genre, the play is fast-paced, packed with dou­ble en­ten­dre, naughty in­ten­tions, com­pro­mis­ing sit­u­a­tions, hys­ter­i­cal char­ac­ters, lacy lin­gerie and of course, a man in drag. The tal­ented cast, in­clud­ing new-com­ers and vet­er­ans to the Play­house, pulls this one off like sec­ond na­ture, in­clud­ing some mem­o­rable “bits” by Vic­tor Corn­foot as Cap­tain South, head of se­cu­rity and some adorable scene-steal­ing by An­na­Marie Lea. Even within the broad prac­tice that is act­ing in farce, the tal­ented Garfield An­drews al­ways man­ages to in­fuse sub­tle fa­cial and phys­i­cal nu­ances to his char­ac­ter, which makes him so much fun to watch. Bravo!

The Amorous Am­bas­sador, which runs un­til July 4, is fol­lowed by the Norm Fos­ter com­edy, The Long Week­end, the Ray Cooney & John Chap­man farce, There Goes the Bride, and Neil Simon’s The Odd Cou­ple: Fe­male Ver­sion. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion call the Play­house Box Of­fice at 613-543-3713 or 1-877-550-3650.

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