Bedroom Farce, The Crescent Theatre
BEDROOM Farce by Alan Ayckbourn may be missing the classic double- entendres and impossible twists of fate from a classic theatrical farce, but it is still packed full of laughs as one couple ignite an explosion of confusion and frustration.
Set simultaneously in the bedrooms of three different couples; their harmonious married lives are rudely disturbed by the arrival of Trevor (James David Knapp) and Susannah (Paula Well).
Both self-absorbed in their fractious relationship, their arguing and an illicit kiss by Trevor with his former love Jan ruins the party being held at down-to earth couple Kate and Malcolm’s (Paul Brotherton) house.
The frail and nervy Susannah then goes on to visit Trevor’s parents while her other half visits Jan and her bed-bound and self-pitying husband Nick (Jeremy Wyatt) to try and explain with hilarious results.
Ayckbourn’s mocking of the complexities of love, seen at different stages from the passionate of the newly married to the content of the long-married, elicits few heart warming moments alongside the laughs.
A bit of a slow starter, it had got into full swing by the second act to become a fun, entertaining and thought-provoking play.
Hannah Jennings Parry