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Get Out Of Those Wet Clothes - Quick
The play is a farce by Declan Cleary with all the twists and misunderstandings of the genre.
Act 1 introduces husband and wife Phil and Terri. Phil is having an affaire with his gay lover Sam; Terri is having an affaire with Robin.
Both couples arrive at Phil and Terri's cottage unbeknown to each other. Robin and Terri arrive soaked and Terri has left Robin's suitcase at the office. Robin is forced to improvise and adopts a female disguise introducing himself as Robyn.
Phil's boss Arthur Norman has been involved in a car accident when his car ran into a river. He and his weekend girlfriend whom he introduces as his "niece" - Samantha arrive unexpectedly at the cottage and in the confusion Robyn is introduced as Phil's wife and Terri as Phil's brother-in-law as well as being Sam's exwife. - confused yet?
Mr Norman is suffering from a surfeit of oysters and feels queasy. As the act closes Phil's identical twin brother arrives to speak with Phil.
Alex (Awesome) Sutton trys on his court shoes for role as Robin/Robyn
The local constable PC Perkins, who is none too bright, arrives and seeks to find out the nature of the accident. He mistakes Terri for Mr Norman's "niece" and jumps to several wrong conclusions when Samantha's thespian background is mistaken for 'lesbian'.
Norman gets progressively drunk and ends up holding hands with Sam as they proclaim they are both off to join the Merchant Navy. At this moment Mrs Norman arrives.
One year later - a wedding is taking place. But who is marrying whom? But there is a further twist in the tale Bob proposes to Samantha and she accepts but feels that Bob should first know .. .! [Curtain]
If you're not confused, bewildered and helpless with laughter by the end of the play then you haven't been paying attention.
Marloo is well-known for the quality of its productions and this is no exception. Only the second time ever produced (the first in Plumpton, Sussex in the UK) A Wet and Windy Night is sure to lighten your hearts and bring a smile to your face. Saucy without a single swear word, cheeky with no nudity, although with lots of underwear and cross-dressing this is the very epitome of enjoyable English farce.
Jacqui Ashman (Mrs Overall), Richard Coleman (PC Perkins) and Tracey Parker (Terri)
The season opens on the 23rd November and finishes on the 8th December with two matinees on the 25th November and 2nd December. Tickets are $18, $16 and $14 for members. Bookings may be made on 9255 1783.