Hilarious British farce staged April 17 through May 10
Editor’s Note: I saw this show in dress rehearsals and it hilarious! British comedies are funny, but this show is even more funny because the British accents aren’t quite right, the unexpected is completely exaggerated, and the situations are just ridiculous â€” which makes it all work!
From Limelight Theatre
St. Augustine, FL â€” Limelight Theatre brings British comedy to the stage in No Sex Please, Weâ€™re British!
This British farce is written by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott, on stage April 17 through May 10 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine.
The fast paced plot revolves around an assistant bank manager who lives above his bank with his new bride Frances. When Frances innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware, what comes back is Scandinavian pornography. They must decide what to do with the floods of photos, books, films and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple.
Directed by John Pope, the cast includes Matthew Whaley as Peter Hunter; Kathryn Suddard as Frances Hunter; Micah Laird as Brian Runnicles; Linda Mignon as Eleanor Hunter; James Desmond as Leslie Bromhead; Jan Peter Buksar as Mr. Needham; Kelly Kates as Susan; Nicole Payne as Barbara; Martin Fillman as Superintendent Paul; and Aaron Oâ€™Connell as Delivery Man.
How did Matthew Whaley prepare for his role as Peter, the assistant bank manager and newlywed?
â€œPeter is a very interesting man. He is a newlywed who has just returned from his honeymoon and is re-adjusting to his life as a bank manager, when things are turned completely on their head with the arrival of his mother, boss, chief cashier, a bank inspector, police superintendent, and some very unwanted, unsavory pornographic materials,â€ Whaley said.
â€œThe wayÂ I prepared for this was to continue to read the play and find the little spots where the character changes gears or attitude. From there it was just playing to see what works and, of course, follow what your director says.â€
Opening night on Friday, April 17 includes a complimentary champagne toast pre-show, and a meet-the-cast party following the show.
On May 1-2, a pre-show lecture on British farce will begin at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Actor Jan Peter Buksar will give insights to the zany world of British comedy.
How is a British farce different than other plays? In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable.
â€œThe previous shows thatÂ I have done have either been musicals or childrenâ€™s theatre, which are both very different in style and feel to playing in a British farce.â€ Whaley explained.
â€œIn this play there is an element of extreme timing that isnâ€™t present in all plays along with finding that line of exaggerating the feelings without exaggerating the character.â€
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 per person.
For reservations, call 904-825-1164 or purchase online at limelight-theatre.org. Limelight Theatre is a nonprofit organization located at 11 Old Mission Ave., in uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available streetside and in the theatreâ€™s parking lot.