British humor hilarious in Whidbey Playhouse’s ‘Busybody’

  • Wed Jan 25th, 2012 7:10pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“Busybody”: You know the type. In this case, it’s the cleaning woman. Always putting her nose in the cops’ business.

The woman lives in the basement of the office building she cleans. But this time, she not only brings the cops her idea of evidence, she finds a body.

“Busybody,” brought to you by the Whidbey Playhouse and director Dulcey Whyte, is a Jack Popplewell comedy that is, oh, so British and, oh, so droll.

The hilarity, in fact, centers around this talkative cleaning lady who finds herself in the center of some muck. But by the time the police arrive, there is no body and no evidence.

As it goes, the wrong alarms were sounded, murdered men turned up alive and the whole thing was chalked up to one cleaning woman’s imagination.

Then, an unidentified body is found on a distant hill and, in the course of her duties, the cleaning woman uncovers more evidence, according to press material.

There are so many questions: Is the company’s owner staging his own murder? Or did he kill his wife’s lover?

Is the lover an employee or someone else?

Where do the two female assistants fit in?

What does the wife know that she’s not saying?

In the end, all will revealed.

“Busybody” opens at 7:30 tonight at Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midvale Blvd., Oak Harbor. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 12.

Tickets are $16. Call 360-679-2237 or go to

“Rosencrantz &Guildenstern Are Dead”: Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning comedy is known to make audiences laugh out loud.

This Seattle Public Theatre production presents this show with a little twist: Local actresses are cast in traditionally male roles.

The show contains zany humor, quicksilver wordplay, gripping tension and a heady swirl of ideas brought forth when two nobodies who long to star in their own story come together, according to press material.

Seattle Public Theatre’s revival is directed by artistic and education director Shana Bestock.

“Rosencrantz &Guildenstern Are Dead” opens at 7:30 tonight at Seattle Public Theatre, 7312 W. Green Lake Drive N, Seattle. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 19.

Tickets start at $25. Call 206-524-1300 or go to

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