Elvis one of com­edy’s rev­e­la­tions

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Mana Lit­tle The­atre’s next pro­duc­tion, Martha Josie and the Chi­nese Elvis, by Char­lotte Jones, presents mo­ments of ex­quis­ite com­edy and thought­ful con­tem­pla­tion.

Jones de­scribed the pro­duc­tion as her ‘‘sun­ni­est play in many ways’’.

It be­gins with the idea of a girl with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties ice-skat­ing in her front room.

She turns out to be ‘‘full of an­cient wis­dom’’.

At first glance, the com­edy may seem to be about cross­dress­ing, dom­i­na­tion, iceskat­ing and Elvis im­per­son­ation, but Jones says it is a play about rev­e­la­tion.

‘‘All the char­ac­ters trans­form into bet­ter ver­sions of them­selves,’’ she said.

‘‘ Like all good come­dies, you are laugh­ing one minute and won­der­ing why you are laugh­ing the next.’’

The play is di­rected by Mau­reen Aitken, who also di­rected Hum­ble Boy, another of Char­lotte Jones’ plays, in 2012.

There are per­for­mances on Septem­ber 24, 27, Oc­to­ber 1 and 4 at 8pm; and Septem­ber 28 at 3pm.

Elvis dou­bles: Elvis (Alan Stroud) putting Chi­nese Elvis (Den­nis Lim) through his paces.

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