Play lives up to Stiff competition for laughs

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Sus­penders, death by mis­ad­ven­ture and un­ortho­dox em­balm­ing tech­niques en­sue in Porirua Lit­tle Theatre’s lat­est com­edy, Stiff.

The mor­bidly fun play, writ­ten by Kiwi April Phillips and be­ing staged this month at Porirua Lit­tle Theatre, cen­tres on a fu­neral home that moon­lights as a brothel.

An­gel De­light, the il­le­git­i­mate daugh­ter of a fu­neral par­lour di­rec­tor, in­her­its the busi­ness when her fa­ther dies.

Be­fore she can sell the busi­ness and the land she has to con­tinue to run the busi­ness as a fu­neral par­lour for a fur­ther five years.

Un­for­tu­nately, she knows noth­ing about the fu­neral busi­ness but a lot about pros­ti­tu­tion. An­gel and her team of ‘‘girls’’ – in­clud­ing an ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive trans­ves­tite named Delilah – run an undercover mas­sage par­lour in the fu­neral home, keep­ing up ap­pear­ances de­spite the pry­ing of a dis­grun­tled for­mer em­ployee who felt he should have in­her­ited the busi­ness.

Spell­bound: Kids Joe, (Joel Courtney), Alice (Elle Fan­ning) and Cary (Ryan Lee) ex­pe­ri­ence a close en­counter in the well-con­ceived if not al­ways well-ex­e­cuted sci-fi

Stiff runs from June 24 to July 9. Tick­ets from iticket.co.nz.

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