Caught in the Net

We took a chance and booked tickets for dinner and the play at The Palms Theatre in Mesa. I don’t know which we were more concerned about:  the quality of the dinner or the quality of the play. But as it turned out, there was no cause for concern. The buffet was really quite good and the play was loads of fun. Farce is hard to do, but this was clearly an experienced cast and they carried it off with aplomb. Only once did the two leading men struggle with laughter, but everyone laughed along with them.

Victor Legarreta was the director and played the lead – John Smith. Bigamy, incest and chaos were the themes of the evening. The author Ray Cooney wrote Run for Your Wife – this play is the sequel. 

The Palms Theatre is part of the Prather Entertainment Company who apparently have similar operations in Florida and other states.

Lots of laughs, a good evening out in Mesa. We will do it again.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Caught in the Net

  1. keithhpotter says:

    “Farce is tragedy where you lose your pants” – or something like that – was the comment by Brian Rix whose Whitehall company farces, along with “Charley’s Aunt”, convinced the snotty kid I was (rather than the snotty adult I became) to lighten up.

    Farce is hard; timing and reacting to the audience is even more important than normal in the theatre, so I approached the show at The Palms with some trepidation – which I extended to the buffet dinner.

    But I needn’t have worried. I totally agree with Cathy, it was a fun evening.

    I wonder what we need to do to get Antoni Cimolino to look at some farces for Stratford? (“The President” worked well at Shaw.)

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