Lieske Bester reviews FLAT SPIN
Directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre Muizenberg until 22 March
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"Farce or farcical comedy is probably the most challenging theatrical style to get right but it carries its own special rewards. The hilarious rehearsal period before the reins are pulled in to polish, define and fast- pace the action and double-entendres is a joy and a great learning process for actors. When it works there is the ultimate satisfaction of invoking ripples or bursts of amusement in the audience which energizes performers and proffers true entertainment.
This production has it all and it is not that often that a theatre empties on the sound of loud laughter. But then, the final moments of the closing scene are a brilliant piece of writing and execution!
Farce traditionally needs good looks and good bodies in relevant roles.Lienkie Diedericks and David Luyt as Jane and David Kenway have both as well as an engaging stage presence. Daniel Enticott as Michael Carter charms as the accidental trigger of confusion and commotion, while Jana Botha (Mrs Chatham) and Kim Randleff-Rasmussen (Wendy Wilson) confirm their sense of comedy and ability to identify with any given character. Gary Green and Charnelle Danica are respectively modish and elegant in their roles. For me the most memorable performances come from John McConnell as Brigadier Kenway and in particular Alastair Duff as Dino Giovanni. His participation whether speechless or communicating in realistic but incomprehensible Italian is spot on - his body control simply splendid.
A pleasing cameo performance by Mark Jennings as a police sergeant completes a company that excels in teamwork and interaction, guided by a strong director with a flair for characterisation, timing and stage business. Designing the authentic setting and costumes deserves a separate accolade..
We all need a really good laugh in this far from wonderful world –
Book a seat to spin on this happy wheel of fortune!"