See How They Run at Lakewood Theatre Company - Sampling from the Oregonian Review
Theater review: "See How They Run - Text book farce, funny, engaging."
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2012, 2:55 PM
Pictured: Photo by Lake Oswego Photographers.
How to shake things up in a placid post-war English village? Place at its social center an unconventional American actress (who wears trousers, for goodness' sake), marry her off to the local vicar, then toss in a ditsy maid, a nosy spinster, an American soldier, a Russian spy, a portly bishop, and yet another vicar. Mission accomplished.
This stock cast of characters, and the improbable situations in which they wind up, makes See How They Run a textbook farce, and this production by the Lakewood Theatre Company is at its best when it embraces this identity. That is why, for instance, Nicole Accuardi's performance as Ida the maid stands out as the funniest and most engaging.
Her comic acting is stylized and broad: Her eyes widen, she bends forward at the waist and balls up her hands as she tries urgently to make her mistress alive to the fact that there is an inebriated spinster in the cupboard. Even her pink hat (part of a marvelous costume by Margaret Louise Chapman) gets into the act as it bobs about on her head, a ribbon-festooned manifestation of its wearer's emotional state.
Another farcical element honored here is the always-funny chase scene, which turns out to be even more hilarious when the majority of characters in the chain of pursuit are sporting clerical garb.
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