Reviews and previews
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.