For those audiences of certain ages, this zany romp might remind them of the popular Fawlty Towers series.
One Friday evening, two Mr. Smiths check in; one gets the Blue Room, the other one gets the Green Room. There they both await their respective girlfriends for a delicious weekend of dalliances. And they are being tended to by a reluctant, cynical concierge/bellhop/swishy waiter who agreed to look after the hotel while the owner, his sister, is away for the weekend.
This smart-aleck soon discovers that both Mr. Smiths and their mistresses are married, not to each other, of course. Thus he falls right into the middle of a potential disaster, which he diplomatically tries to avert while amassing plentiful monetary rewards.
“Bedside Manners” is a mad cap comedy by the popular British playwright and actor Derek Benfield. Director Chuck Jagiello fell in love with this audience pleaser “as soon as I read it”, he said.
He is mining his vast theatrical experiences, both as an actor and as a director, in order to stage this boisterous play. As he steers the characters through the double entendres, misheard words, shenanigans and mishaps, Mr. Jagiello states: “Yes, it feels good to bring some silliness into our lives, especially in bleak February. Audiences will have a great time.”
Performances at Italo-Canadian Club, 1101 DiPietro St., Fort Erie are February 22, 23, 24 and March 1, 2, 2013. Evening tickets, including full course dinner by Maria’s Catering, are $35.00 (+4.55 tax).
Saturday matinees on Feb. 23 and March 2 are $20.00 (+2.60 tax) including lunch.
Tickets are sold at Fort Erie Paints (Benjamin Moore), 401 Garrison Rd., Fort Erie, 905-991-8181, across from Sobeys, open seven days a week. For additional information visit www.garrisonlittletheatre.com.
(Submitted by Garrison Little Theatre)