REVIEW: British farce expertly performed, well received

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 06:48 PM.

I can only imagine how throughout weeks of rehearsals, the actors — all of whom turned in superb performances — probably drove their families bonkers by speaking Brit from sunrise to sunset.

Space precludes listing each player’s attributes, but I would be remiss not to salute 35-year stage veteran Nancy Black’s thoroughly enjoyable personification of the blustery Miss Skillon.

Even when hilariously locked in the closet or out cold from a concussion or bottle, Miss Skillon was a major stage presence with whom the rest of the cast had to reckon — or at least step over.

Kudos also go to Meghan Erlacher as the vicar's wife, Penelope Toop, who, like Miss Skillon, was onstage for virtually the entire show and with whom she shared deliciously catty banter.

Life imitating art, Erlacher frequently shared the stage with real-life husband Ray Erlacher, playing likeable Corp. Clive Winton, who poses as her stage husband, the vicar — played wonderfully stuffily by a real-life vicar, the Rev. Sean Peters — to sneak out for an evening of  — wait for it — British farce.

Though the production drew a nearly full house opening night, attendance declined over the next two performances. That means a couple hundred people deprived themselves of a fabulously funny couple of hours.

Fortunately, View from the Stage promises there's more to come, and welcomes participation from residents, whether on stage, backstage or as a sponsor.

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