Ray Cooney is a legend of British comic theatre, from the mid 60’s to the mid 90’s there was always a Ray Cooney farce playing somewhere in London’s West End. Mr Cooney is 87 years old and still going strong proving the old adage laughter is the best medicine.
Originally a 1942 film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, later developed as a stage musical by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. It translates to the stage remarkably well.
Ken Ludwig’s fast moving farce, 'Leading Ladies', is Therry’s latest offering, and it is all the things a farce should be; slick, over the top, far fetched and above all funny!
The Adelaide Repertory Theatre is serving up "ham" early this Christmas, with hilariously over the top music hall show and melodrama Only An Orphan Girl
For seventeen years, two sugarcane cutters have journeyed to Melbourne to catch up with two women but this year things change as truths are revealed.
The Mystery of the Hansom Cab is a melodrama, which means that the audience gets to hiss and boo the dastardly deeds of the villain, cheer the handsome hero, swoon over the lovely heroine, and have a great sing-a-long with the cast.
This is a pleasant enough evening out, which should improve with increased pace as the season progresses, and it offers some good performances that make it worth seeing, but is ultimately let down by the script.