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Farcical fun for Greenwich’s feast of Feydeau



Review by Emma Whitelaw

HILARITY prevails as conflicting human relationships fall under the microscope in an evening of three one-act plays by Georges Feydeau at the Greenwich Playhouse.

Rather than focusing on a character’s potential, Feydeau chooses to write about what people inevitably, and amusingly, are – utter fools!

His plays concentrate on the appetites and follies of the average human being - the three plays presented by Encore Productions being no exception.

The first play of the evening, Love And The Piano, takes a case of mistaken identity to dizzying new heights.

Natasha Radski is excellent as Lucile, a young, seemingly innocent girl who falls prey to the predatory advances of Adam Foster’s Edouard.

Foster gives a truly outstanding performance as the sickening Edouard.

His plan is to have an affair with a notable member of society and hence lift his own social status. Licking his lips and making obscene gestures, he tries to sink his claws into Lucile, whom he believes to be a famous actress.

Lucile, on the other hand, mistakes Edouard for an eccentric musician, who calls upon her home to give her piano lessons. The misunderstanding leads to a riotous conclusion where love, as per usual, conquers all!

Through The Open Window follows with similar hilarity. However, this time there is no mistaken identities – rather it is a case of having no identity. Two strangers meet, one demands sex, the other is scared of catching a cold!

Hector, played by the delightful Andrew Allen, does all that he possibly can to fend off a scorned woman who appears at his doorstep seeking revenge on her incessantly jealous husband. Mellony Carr is simply superb as the sexy Brazilian temptress, Emma.

Just how sleeping with a complete stranger is supposed to help her marriage is beyond me, but somehow Emma believes making love to her reluctant neighbour will somehow silence her husband.

The insanity continues in My Wife’s Dead Mother. Arguably the finest play of the evening, it featured all four of the cast members at their very best. To say much more would no doubt spoil the plot, but let’s just say mistaken identity once again rears its silly head.

A guaranteed light-hearted evening, all three plays are a delight to behold! Full of fun and mayhem with a lesson or two about human folly thrown in too.

My Wife's Dead Mother, Love And The Piano, Through The Open Window by Georges Feydeau. Starring Natasha Radski, Andrew Allen, Adam Foster and Mellony Carr. May 3 - 22, 2005 at Greenwich Playhouse. Greenwich Station Forecourt, 189 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA. Box Office 020 8858 9256.

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