We decided to see these three plays in order over three days. Seeing them in order was fine, seeing them over three days was a mistake. It has the advantage that you remember the earlier plays, but by the third play, a little forgetting might make it a little more interesting. I found myself drifting off in the middle of Round and Round the Garden.
The plays, written by Alan Ayckbourn, have no great meaning – they are simply an amusing look at a family brought together over one weekend. The title of the trilogy explains it all – Norman, played by Albert Schultz, seduces everyone. The plays are a great vehicle for Schultz, demonstrating that he really can act! not only does he seduce the women (and men) in the play, he seduces the whole audience. He just wants to be happy and make every one else happy.
The rest of the cast are very good, although Fiona Reid as Sarah, has fallen back on being Fiona Reid. She uses the same range of mannerisms for this character as she did for Entertaining Mr Sloane. Funny, but a bit repetitive. She can act – so it would be nice to see a little better use of her talents. Oliver Dennis is hilarious as the dithering veterinarian Tom, wooing the patient but frustrated Laura Condilin as Annie. Sarah Monnell is amusing as Ruth and Derek Boyes is an excellent Reg, the long suffering husband of Sarah.
I can only assume that Soulpepper needed a comedy to fill out the season (and the seats) and picked this set to give Schultz a chance to chew up the scenery. He was worth the price of admission.