Hot farce to fire up mid­win­ter

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘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.

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