Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Sex, Lies and Hilarity
Farce is always built on lies and Harriet, the leading character of Marloo's new farce Key For Two, can tell whoppers.
Lie number 1: she has two lovers, Gordon and Alec, both married men, each unknown to the other and each with a key to the luxury apartment they both subsidise. Thus the title Key For Two.
Gordon (Joe Isaia) and Alec (Keith Scrivens) argue over the lovely Harriet (Siobhan Vincent)
Everything is working beautifully until her lifelong friend, Anne, arrives from New Zealand with a drunken husband she has dumped elsewhere in England, just as Gordon breaks his ankle and has to be put to bed.
Anne (Krysia Wiechecki) massages Gordon's (Joe Isaia) neck
This means his 'appointment' with Harriet clashes, for the first time, with Alec's. So, Lie number 2: Alec is told that Gordon is Anne's husband followed rapidly by lie number 3: Gordon is told that Alec is Anne's husband.
Gordon phones his wife to explain why he can't come home to her birthday party, because he has broken his leg and 'is in a nursing home'. When his wife, Magda, tracks down the address from the telephone number we get lie number 4: Harriet has to pretend to be the matron of the 'nursing home' and Anne is the nurse.
Director Andrew Warwick works with Krysia Wiechecki on a move while Joe Isaia watches
When her drunken vet husband arrives Magda is told lie number 5: He is the doctor! And that's only the first five lies. Get the idea?
You'll laugh yourself silly as each lie causes more and more confusion over mistaken identities which lead to misunderstandings which become hysterically funny.
The Darlington Theatre Players at Marloo Theatre are known for the quality of their productions and this is no exception under the skilled direction of the much-awarded long-experienced Andrew Warwick and employing the acting skills of such luminaries of the community theatre stage as Joe Isaia, Keith Scrivens, Kerry Goode and Siobhan Vincent.
Key For Two runs from the 1st to the 23rd of February, 2013. Tickets are available by ringing Gwyne on 9255 1783.