Play lives up to Stiff competition for laughs
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.
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Stiff runs from June 24 to July 9. Tickets from iticket.co.nz.