Of­fice clean­ing trio dish dirt

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY INFORMATION / WHAT’S ON - RICHARD MAYS

They’re known as ‘‘the Juras­sic Park crew’’. Elsie, Gla­dys and Olive are three clean­ers who’ve been keep­ing things spic and span in an of­fice block for 50 years.

How­ever, Dave their lean, mean boss wants them gone. De­spite their cen­tury or so of com­bined ser­vice, the age­ing trio no longer fit the com­pany’s im­age, and are pos­si­bly hin­der­ing Dave’s chances of pro­mo­tion.

Mind you, smarmy Dave, played by Mike Price in a welcome back to the stage, may have a point. The ladies don’t seem to do much clean­ing; even less af­ter their al­ter egos kick in. As Tele­phone Belles ‘‘Mar­i­lyn’’, ‘‘Madonna’’ and ‘‘Kylie’’ the only clean­ing the el­derly scrub­bers seem to do is of their cus­tomers’ credit cards.

Threat­ened with re­dun­dancy, the ‘‘old boil­ers’’ played by Va­lerie Ot­t­away, Joan Ford and Belinda Howard hit upon a cash-rais­ing scheme op­er­at­ing a sex chat line us­ing the of­fice tele­phones.

Cue a string of typ­i­cally English nudge-nudge wink-wink one-lin­ers and dou­ble en­ten­dres in a highly un­likely sce­nario that makes use of

Mer­iWil­son’s 1977 one-hit-won­der Tele­phone Man as amu­si­cal mo­tif.

On a sim­ple of­fice set it’s all good for a laugh, with the char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions adding to the mis­chief. Joan makes a par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive old bat as an Ena Sharples inspired beret-wear­ing Gla­dys. (Ena Sharples? Long time fans of Coro St will get it.)

Some­thing for the gals to watch though is pro­jec­tion, es­pe­cially in the first act, when even in the rel­a­tively small Lit­tle Theatre con­fines the rapid-fire repar­tee could be dif­fi­cult to catch.

But if you’re in the mood for some light risque mirth Dirty Dust­ing is just the thing.

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Mike Price (Dave) and his team of wrin­kled ‘‘rub­ber glovelies’’ Va­lerie Ot­t­away (Elsie) Belinda Howard (Olive) and Joan Ford (Gla­dys).

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