Hot farce to fire up midwinter
‘‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we first practise to deceive’’ is easily the motif behind Foxton Little Theatre’s latest production.
British farce-meister Derek Benfield is responsible for Look Who’s Talking.
The domestic comedy, directed by Globe Award-winner Carl Terry, revolves around a couple who construct an elaborate web of lies and half-truths to hide their real or imagined infidelities, from one another.
‘‘Sheila and Andrew Brown get two unexpected visitors on a sunny Sunday morning and go to ridiculous lengths to cover up possible infidelities that neither character is sure actually occurred,’’ Terry said.
The two guests are Brian, who Sheila met briefly on a girls’ night out, and Carole, Andrew’s secretary. Things are complicated further after the arrival of Sheila’s friend Jane from the girls’ night out escapade.
‘‘It results in an entertaining play full of of complicated and hilarious misunderstandings and mistaken identities as the truth unfolds.’’
Terry said Benfield was one of the best exponents of modern farce.
‘‘Andrew is not sure whether Jane is Brian’s sister or his mistress, while all Carole wants to do is run away with him [Andrew] to Italy for the weekend.’’
Look Who’s Talking will be staged in the Foxton Little Theatre, the 1867 former Presbyterian Church building on the town’s Main St.
It opens at 7.30pm on Friday, and runs Friday and Saturday until August 26. Bookings can be made through Foxton Property Brokers on 06 363 0022.