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REVIEW: OUT OF ORDER Farce revival is fun
LINDISFARNE Players first staged Out of Order in 2008. One reason for reviving the production is that it is brilliant.
As with any farce by the great Ray Cooney, it generates steadily mounting laughter. Yet there is still room to admire the exceptional speed and co-ordination of Steve McCartney’s production. There are no weak links. The cast’s fast footwork is worthy of a ballet company.
As the slimy MP Richard Willey, Rob Stow is, like the show, funny and impressive. Willey is poised for a night of passion with delectable secretary (Megan Terry, highly convincing). His plans are disrupted when they discover the body of a snooping private detective jammed in the hotel window (Adam Moley-Mayhew – also highly convincing, as a corpse) Willey enlists the aid of his private secretary (Ian Morton) to cover his tracks. Problems for both of them, as they try to get rid of the corpse, are compounded by a host of gadflies, including waiter (George Nightingale), hotel manager (Nathan Spencer), and a nurse in full uniform (Lynda Belt). In best farce tradition, the uniform doesn’t stay on for long.
Then spouses (Rory Joscelyne and Carol Hayes) arrive, while the corpse proves wholly un-co-operative. There is another good reason to restage the play.
At a time of austerity, it has a huge capacity to cheer everyone up.
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