There’s nothing like a scandalous comedy to bring out the laughs and Ray Cooney’s Out of Order is just the ticket.
The classic British farce centres on a married government minister (Richard Willey, played by Darren Keay) who has a secret rendezvous with Jane, a typist for the opposition, under the guise of an all-night parliamentary debate. The amorous encounter starts to unravel when they discover a body in their hotel suite.
“The whole thing is really about Richard not wanting his naughty behaviour to come out,” director Sara-Jeanne Hosie said, with a laugh. “The hotel staff gets involved (and) watching characters survive extreme situations is very entertaining. I’m a huge fan of farce. I love comedy, the intricate details that come from farce, I love the process. We watch people that start in this fairly ordinary situation, something happens and the stakes go through the roof.”
The result is an orchestral effort of entrances, pratfalls and rejoinders as uninvited guests congregate in Suite 648, including Jane’s agitated husband, an unscrupulous waiter, confused maid, frustrated hotel manager, the proper Mrs. Willey and bossy Nurse Foster. Out of Order features a cast of nine.
Originally from British Columbia, Hosie is an actor, singer, choreographer and director who lives in Stratford with her actor husband Kevin Kruchkywich. She enjoys playing and hosting board game nights in her spare time.
Out of Order is on stage at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene July 4-21. And this year, visitors to the theatre will find new, comfy auditorium seating. For tickets, visit kingswharftheatre.com or call 705-549-5555.
Photo: Darren Keay stars in the classic British farce Out of Order.