Romper room: Unnecessary Farce
Panting, pawing, lying, and murder-by-bagpipe take center stage in Unnecessary Farce, a fast-paced and lighthearted door-slamming sex romp by Paul Slade Smith, opening at the Santa Fe Playhouse (142 E. De Vargas St., 505-988-4262) on Friday, Feb, 24. Vaughn Irving, the Playhouse’s artistic director, helms this wacky production that puts two questionably competent cops on stakeout in a motel room to catch the mayor in a corruption scheme. Is Mayor Meekly an embezzler or a grinning doofus? Will Officer Eric ever get up the guts to go all the way with Karen, the deceptively passionate accountant? A series of silly and slightly implausible plot twists reveals all. Additional performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 12. Tickets are $25 (with discounts available); the pre-performance gala at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, is $30. For tickets, visit www.santafeplayhouse.org. — J.L.
Melissa Christopher and Kevin Atkinson