Borrowing a phrase from the famed Forrest Gump, silly is as silly does.
And nothing could be applied more accurately to the silliness that is "Jeeves Takes a Bow," the adaptation of the P. G. Wodehouse classic that opened at Milwaukee Chamber Theater Friday night.
Go to this play and forget about a lot of your normal theater-going experiences. There are no hidden meanings. There are no social implications. There is nothing that demands well-focused attention.
This is fun for fun’s sake. It’s the big bowl of trifle that you get even without stuffing yourself on bangers and mash or fish and chips.
And under the wise and detailed direction of Tami Workentin, this English delight moves along at just the right pace, allowing time for both laughter and breath without forcing a single moment.
At the heart of the story are high living joy seeker Bertie Woosteras and his manservant Jeeves, the two cloistered in an Apartment in New York. Joining in the early going is Binky, a member of the English mission to the United States.
The tone is set early when it’s revealed that Binky is in love with Ruby LeRoy, an actress who is starring in a new concoction called "Naughty Natalie." To further his love interest, Binky has told Ruby that he is really Bertie (hope you are with me thus far). And he has told her that his friend, Binky (who in this case is really Bertie) will write a special song for her show, even though in reality Bertie (who is being called Binky) doesn't know anything about music.
Along comes Vivienne Duckworth, a tightly bound English dame who is in New York for two purposes: to write a book about the seedy side of the city and to announce her engagement to the real Bertie. We add to this mix the gangster Knuckles McCann, who turns out is Ruby’s dad, and you can see the ensuing adventures coming from a mile away.
It’s one thing after another, with Jeeves remaining both above the fray and the solver of problems and fixer of any dilemma that may ari…Read more...