Live Theatre Workshop's production of 'Two Into One' is sublimely silly

2013-05-09T00:00:00Z Live Theatre Workshop's production of 'Two Into One' is sublimely sillyKathleen Allen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Have no doubts about it: Ray Cooney's "Two Into One" is sublimely silly.

The farce, currently on stage at Live Theatre Workshop, is constructed for laughter, not substance. And we do not have a problem with that - or this production - one bit.

The set-up is this: A politician staying in a hotel room with his wife has asked his assistant to secure another room for his liaison with one of the prime minister's secretaries.

His assistant is not the most efficient guy and ends up getting a room next to the one the politician is staying in with his wife.

These are characters with lust in their hearts and incompetence in their soul.

Perfect for a farce.

Director Missie Scheffman has a keen sense of silly herself, and she has fashioned a play that celebrates that.

And a cast that goes right along with her.

Stephen Frankenfield's politician and Keith Wick as his assistant have no shame when it comes to milking a funny line, and we are the better for it. The two are LTW regulars, and it's getting to the point that if just one of them is in the cast, the play is a must-see. With the both of them - well, what are you waiting for?

They are supported by a cast that is having way too much fun (that's a good thing). Debbie Runge came across as the perfect politician's wife, until the lust in her heart is unleashed. Martie van der Voort's Lily Chatterton was all repressed business in her quest to snuff out pornography. Brian Wees' turn as a stuffy hotel manager was dead-on, and Do Pham, a relatively inexperienced actor, showed what he's got as a comedian. Perhaps one of his funniest bits was an unintended one - during a scene change, a curtain rod came loose, and it turned into a divine comedic moment for Pham.

It's getting hot out, the economy is barely moving, there are wars around the world. There are all sorts of reasons that we should get out and laugh lots.

But really, you only need one: this production is worth seeing. And you'll laugh. Lots.

If you go

• What: Live Theatre Workshop's production of "Two Into One."

• Playwright: Ray Cooney.

• Director: Missie Scheffman.

• When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 9.

• Where: LTW, 5317 E. Speedway.

• Tickets: $18. Discounts available.

• Reservations/Information: 327-4242.

• Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one intermission.

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