Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Bedroom farce returns to stage at Stage West Community Playhouse

SPRING HILL — The giggly bedroom farce A Bedfull of Foreigners was quite a hit when Stage West Community Playhouse did it in the 1997-98 season. Perhaps that's why the theater decided to bring it back.

The current edition plays Thursday to April 17 and 22 to 24.

The 1973 show is set in a rundown hotel in France near the German border, where guests begin pouring in as a big festival is taking place in the town.

Middle-class spouses Brenda (Dee Curran, Charlie Award as Dinah in The Dixie Swim Club at Richey Suncoast Theatre) and Stanley (Tom Venable) feel themselves lucky to be able to get a room — any room — after a tiring day on the road and an exhausting search for a place to spend the night.

The only problem is that their room has inadvertently already been rented to a second couple, the philandering cookie salesman Claude (Jim Hansen) and his lovely wife, Helga (Jeanene MacLean, Miss Poppenguhl in Moonlight and Magnolias).

Also checking in is the sexy Simone (Cheryl Roberts, Miss Stephanie in To Kill a Mockingbird), a French cabaret dancer who is Claude's mistress.

When Brenda leaves in search of her missing ring, Stanley somehow finds himself lowering a stark naked Helga from the bedroom window, just as husband Claude arrives on the scene — with his lover Simone in tow.

With everybody seemingly in the wrong bed and bedroom, there follows lots of sexual innuendo, double entendres, puns and physical comedy, complete with near-misses and slamming doors, all of it punctuated by the appearance of a tipsy hotel porter, Karak (Dalton Benson, HAMI as Edna in Hairspray), and amorous hotel manager, Heinz (Sam Petricone, HAMI as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!).

The play is being directed by Kathy Capelle (HAMI for set design) and Ellen Hutt (multiple HAMIs for acting and directing; and co-starred in Greater Tuna).

One production of the show sold out weeks before opening, and several others were close earlier this week, so people wanting to see the show are encouraged to buy tickets as soon as possible.

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