‘No Sex Please’ serves healthy slices of British humor

  • Wed Jun 20th, 2012 6:51pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“No Sex Please, We’re British”: If you enjoy a spot of British humor, then you might want to put this quirky farce on your list of must-sees.

Director Alyson Soma said there’s lots of physical comedy, some twists and turns in the plot and much hilarity as a young proper married couple who live above a bank try to hide a flood of pornography that is constantly being delivered to their door.

The wackiness all started when the young bride sent away for some Swedish glassware. Somehow a mistake was made so instead of stemware and such, the couple is now getting photographs, books, films — and even some willing women — showing up at the door.

The situation worsens, in a funny way, when the man’s mother, his boss, a police superintendent and others continue to show up, muddling the couple’s attempts to secret the sexual stuff away.

“The boss and everyone who shouldn’t show up does,” Soma said.

Soma said this is definitely a comedy that follows a British sense of humor with their clipped way of talking and farcical style.

Soma, who has been directing for 12 years, said the audience will particularly enjoy watching Brian the husband, played by Terrence Boyd.

“Everything seems to happen to him,” Soma said.

“No Sex Please, We’re British” opens at 8 tonight at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 8.

Tickets are $23 and $20. Call 425-774-9600 or go to www.driftwoodplayers.com.

“Gangsters of Love”: Mobsters and acrobats.

Throw in some comedy, some blues and a razzle-dazzle banana dance and you might just have a hit show.

And don’t forget the five-course gourmet meal.

This is Teatro Zinzanni’s current dinner-theater production that features comedian Frank Ferrante and aerialist Dreya Weber, along with blues singer Francine Reed.

There’s also trapeze Duo Madrona — Ben Wendel and Rachel Nehmer — funnyman Joe DePaul, comic acrobat Andrea Conway, vaudevillian Wayne Doba and juggler Bernard Hazen.

The story is set in the prohibition-era 1920s where The Caesar is in trouble because of a gambling debt and now must flee from mob boss Big Sam.

Teatro ZinZanni is dinner theater that combines a five-course gourmet meal, designed by Northwest Chef Erik Carlson, with cabaret and European cirque all under one tent, an antique cabaret tent known as a spiegeltent, according to their website.

“Gangsters of Love” has dinner shows through Sept. 30 at Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., Seattle.

Dinner and theater prices start at $106; matinee prices start at $86 (general), $59 (senior/military), $50 (youth/student). Call 206-802-0015 or go to dreams.zinzanni.org/.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.