The Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge opened the deliciously bawdy British farce, "Out of Order," by Ray Cooney in February, and it's one laugh after another in this fast-paced bit of theater that's probably too off-color for the kids.
That's right - there's faux humping, genitalia jokes, a character parading around in a bra, slip, garters and pantyhose, one blindingly bare backside exiting stage left, a dead body and plenty of slapstick British humor to boot.
It seems to take a surprising amount of talent to play a dead body in live theater, and Kevin Schwarz pulls it off remarkably well - going limp this way and that as he's manhandled by the would-be wife-cheater Richard "Dickey" Willey (Raja Salaymeh), who finds the body crushed in the malfunctioning window in his sixth-floor suite at the Westminster Hotel. Mr. Willey, who is not supposed to be at the hotel at all but rather at an all-night sitting at the House of Commons, seeks to hide the deceased stranger to avoid exposing his secret, the almost-tryst with secretary Jane Worthington (Jenny Weiss). After hoisting the body into his room's "cupboard" (British for "closet"), he calls his assistant George Pidgon (Eric Mather), a mama's boy who comes over, lured by false pretense, only to be embroiled deeper and deeper into the thickening plot and to emerge an unlikely "lady killer" at
The hotel manager (Owen T. Niland) is good for plenty of hot-air-filled laughs with his emphatic pronunciations of "wh" in place of "w," his constant invading of personal space and his propensity for repeating what other people say. As is the waiter (first-time actor Jason Tyler Vaughn), Richard Willey's wife Pamela (Cathy Salaymeh) and Miss Worthington's husband Ronnie (Kevin Lowry).
After Mr. Willey rents a room next door for George Pigdon to use as a honeymoon suite with his supposed new wife, Miss Worthington, and a place to relocate the body, there is constant traffic between rooms via both balcony and hallway, not to mention repeated trips in and out of the cupboard by various characters at various times. Suffice it to say there's never a dull moment in the increasingly complex mayhem of activity that takes place onstage for the duration of the Backstage Theatre's successful production of "Out of Order."
Seth Caikowski ("The Full Monty") directs, with Backstage artistic director Christopher Willard producing. The show runs through March 23. Tickets range from $17-$22 and are cheapest online (www.backstage
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- Reprinted with permission from blog.gobreck.com.