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Doors Slam, Guns Appear And Clothes Fall Off In Actors Playhouse’s Unnecessary Farce

Allan Baker can’t quite figure out what is going in in a motel bed among Katherine Amadeo, Chris Crawford and Cliff Burgess in Unnecessary Farce (Photo by Alberto Romeu)

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, for SouthFloridaReporter.com, July 20, 2015 – Those preparing to see the show at Actors Playhouse, be advised: There’s a six-foot-plus-tall hitman dressed in full Highland garb and speaking in an unintelligible Scottish brogue. There’s an ineffectual young policewoman who carries a water pistol because she’s not trusted with actual firearms. There’s the lovely accountant who ends up half-naked in front of strangers – repeatedly. And most important, there are eight doors.

The doors, which will open and slam like percussion, are crucial, of course, because this show is courageously entitled,Unnecessary Farce.

The quality of the light summer shows at the Playhouse are famously variable, but director David Arisco long ago proved that with a solid cast like he has here and the right material, he can spin a hilarious evening of demented daffiness.

That’s because there are only a few directors in the region who can equal Arisco’s talent for precisely festooning a comedy with literally hundreds of comic bits of business from double takes to a character getting tangled up in a long phone cord to ensuring that his cast delivers exactly the right timing and top spin to a droll line.

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