Theater Group Opens Year With Fantastical Farce

February 12, 2010

The longest-running comedy in the history of London’s West End is coming to Costa Rica, courtesy of the Little Theatre Group. “No Sex Please, We’re British,” by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott, follows the true tradition of British farce. Full of madcap humor, hilarious complications, mistaken identities, physical mishaps, sexual innuendos and double entendres, it promises a delightful evening of farcical fun.

The play’s plot revolves around the happy, newly married Peter Hunter and his wife, Frances, who live above the bank where Peter is the assistant manager. An innocent mail order of glassware by Frances results in an inundation of pornography from a Scandinavian import company.

With the help of Brian Runnicles, the prim, respectable, obliging chief cashier, the Hunters must decide what to do with the flood of pornographic photos and videos, volumes of vividly illustrated books and, finally, two attractive, naughty ladies of the night more than willing to offer their services.

The presence of Peter’s snobbish, demanding mother and the arrival of the bank’s staid regional manager, a visiting bank inspector and the police superintendent make matters worse and add to the frenzy.

The Hunters’ and Runnicles’ attempts to get rid of the pornography lead from one bizarre situation to another, resulting in a fast-paced, zany evening of hilarity.

Directed by Ann Antkiw, the cast includes many familiar faces that have delighted Little Theatre Group fans in the past. Ricardo Jiménez, Caroline Kennedy, Joseph Loveday, David Nisson and Steve Friedman are joined by talented newcomers Stacey Auch, Andrea Nodroum, Cliff Robison, Daniel Gray and Lucrecia Solano.

The play runs Feb. 26 to March 21, with 7:30 p.m. performances on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 matinees on Sundays, at San José’s Laurence Olivier Theater on Avenida 2, Calle 28. For tickets, go to www.littletheatregroup.org or call 8858-1446.

–Tico Times

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