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The Ruffian on the Stair

ensemble theatre · hicks street productions · Ages 12+ · 1hr · United States of America

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Review by MORNA MURPHY MARTELL

June 24, 2019 original article
tagged as: surprising · clever · hilarious

What I liked

The irony is that Joe Orton’s characters are in many ways more believable than what is often presented onstage as “real” life. Sure, the man of the house is a professional assassin, the lady that he loves a former prostitute, and the violent young man who intrudes on their domestic scene is a charmer with a hidden agenda. Anyway, Brian Foyster, as ever-so- deadpan Mike, will have you chuckling before one word is out of his mouth, Sile Bermingham as bewildered Joyce, trapped in domestic bliss, will bring tears of laughter to your eyes, and Reed Michael Campbell as The Ruffian will win your heart as an innocent boy forced into violent acts in his search for justice. All three actors are just absolutely marvelous and share impeccable accents from various regions of the British Isles. This was Orton’s first success, as a BBC radio play in 1964 that he rewrote for the stage after other plays gained him recognition. Mark Kemble directs with the perceptive and carefree flair of one born and raised in a madhouse.

What I didn't like

Keep it going. This production is already being extended for a two week run. Not to miss!

My overall impression

This outrageous, farcical and absurdist play by Joe Orton means you are in for a delightful surprise.

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