Fauquier Community Theatre No Sex Please, We’re BritishBy Laura & Mike Clark • Mar 15th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Fauquier Community Theatre and their production of No Sex Please, We’re British [MP3 5:22 1.5MB].
Mike: No Sex Please, We’re British was written by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot. It’s a farce that takes place in 1970’s England. The show takes place in a flat above the National United Bank. The apartment is being rented by Peter Hunter, the manager of the bank. Peter and his wife have only been married for a few weeks and the wife is desperate to earn enough money so that they can move out into their own home. She’s been doing some businesses through the mail when they get an unexpected package. It’s a bunch of pornographic photographs. They don’t know what to do with them. They can’t mail them back because that would be distributing pornography. So they have the chief cashier of the bank get rid of the pictures. Unfortunately, the pictures end up in the hands of the police who are now on a manhunt to find out who’s giving away pornography. Mistaken identities and other coincidences leave for a hilarious show.
Laura: This show was funny. So many double meanings. Just about every line could have been interpreted two different ways. It was so funny. Everybody did such a great job working together. I laughed for two hours.
Mike: This was a super funny show. I had a very good time watching it. A lot of people in the audience were just cackling throughout and explaining the jokes to their spouses if they didn’t get it and then the spouse would get it and start laughing. I don’t know how the actors could stay focused. I could see them getting distracted, but they never did. It was very impressive.
Laura: Peter Hunter, the manager of the National United Bank, was played by Brian Doyle. He did a great job. He tried really hard to be the straight man, although he got himself into all kinds of trouble. He was just exasperated by his friend Brian who just couldn’t seem to get rid of the package that was full of the pornography. He was really funny.
Mike: Peter’s wife, Frances, was played by McCall Farrell. She did a really good job of playing the frustrated newlywed who was trying to help her husband and the family out. She made the mistake of hooking up with a mail order company of dubious reputation. She played the part really well. I loved how she would roll her eyes and make gestures behind the back of her mother-in-law Elenor Hunter (played by Erin Wyld). It seemed very realistic.
Laura: Brian Runnicles, the Chief Cashier at the bank, was played by Greg Powell. He did a terrific job. He was so funny. He was the uptight cashier wanting to keep his job. Not wanting to be responsible for everything that was going on in the apartment. He ended up accidentally taking some sleeping pills and that just added to the comedy. I really liked the double takes that he would do when Peter or Frances would give him a package to deliver. He started to walk out the door and then he would just stop and kind of do a double take as if to say, “Oh no, I’m not having anything more to do with this.” I just really liked his expression.
Mike: The whole cast did a great job. We can’t talk about everybody, but I liked how they all worked together. Coincidentally in the couple weeks before the show opened we bumped into a couple of the actors. We met McCall Farrell at You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and asked her how the show was going. Her response was, “We’re not ready. We need more time.” A few days later we bumped into Ted Ballard at the Diary of Anne Frank and asked him how the show was going. He also said that that they need more time. “We’re not ready. It’s such a scary show.”
It was a fantastic show! They were both worrried bout the same thing independently. The show really came together. Ted did tell us there were some problems with the building where the Faquier Community Theatre meets. The roof was leaking so they had to not use part of the stage. There was so much timing on this show. You had a front door open and someone else go into the bedroom at the same time. Someone would come down the stairs at the same time someone else was going into the bedroom. They worked it out really well together. I enjoyed this show so much.
Laura: The set was very well done. It took place in the 70’s. You had lots of 70’s type memorabilia and weird pictures on the wall. Lots of doors. They were really crucial in the timing of the show. You had doors slamming. You had people going in and out quickly. The timing was just really well done. The set design was done by Ted Ballard.
Mike: No Sex Please, We’re British is playing through March 25th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2 PM at the Theatre at Vint Hill in Warrenton Virginia.
Laura: This is a very funny show. We encourage you to go see it. Because of the double meanings and some of the scenes in the second Act I would probably recommend it for high school and up. I don’t think some of the younger kids will quite get it.
Mike: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.