San Diego Theatre Review: North Coast Rep’s ‘Unnecessary Farce’

Unnecessary Farce North Coast Rep

Unnecessary Farce, North Coast Repertory Theatre’s latest offering, definitely lives up to the ‘Farce’ part of its title. It’s one big absurd situation after another and you’re pretty much guaranteed to laugh your socks, or kilt, off.

The show, written by New York based actor Paul Slade Smith and directed by Matthew Wiener, takes place in a non-descript hotel room where two undercover cops (Christopher M. Williams and Jacque Wilke) wait to take down an embezzling mayor (Ted Barton) with the help of his account (Jessica John). In the room next door, the hidden cameras are in place and the video recorders are all set to go but as the clock ticks towards the meeting, a Scottish hit man (David McBean) appears, the mayors security guard (John Nutten) isn’t who he seems and not one thing goes according to plan.

Like Unnecessary’s excellent farcical cousins before it, Lend Me a Tenor and Noises Off, we’re treated to slamming doors, mistaken identities, bumbling characters and perfectly timed physical humor, most notably from the excellent Wilke. Her Officer Dwyer is a cross between Urkel and a Keystone Cop and whenever she’s on stage, you can’t not watch what she’s doing because she’s that funny.

As Todd the Scottish hit man, McBean, is equally good. His unintelligible rants about… well, who the heck knows because they’re unintelligible, is worth the price of admission.

The rest of the cast is very good and work together like a well-tuned instrument.

Wiener starts the show at a level 8 and it just keeps getting higher and higher. The only real issue I had was that the intermission stopped all the hilarious momentum of Act One. We had to ramp up all over again in Act Two. That’s no fault of anyone in the show, but thankfully Wiener gets us back pretty quick to that level.

As they said in Spinal Tap, “This one goes to 11.”

The show, also starring Dagmar Krause Fields, plays Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm with Sundays at 7pm, through May 10, 2015.

Tickets: Week Nights – $44; Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.- $48; Sat. Mat. & Sun. Night – $41. Seniors, Students, Military – $3 off admission.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste D, Solana Beach, CA 92075.   Call 858-481-1055 or visit www.northcoastrep.org to purchase tickets.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/jason-bateman-ozark.jpg
Jason Bateman Thinks He’s the “Worst” When Directing Other Actors
"I'm assuming they're doing the best job they can. I'm assuming that they're playing the part the way they want to play it." - Jason Bateman
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/michael-stuhlbarg-shape-of-water.jpg
Michael Stuhlbarg: ” I don’t know if I’ve ever played someone who I’ve had absolute contempt for”
"Sometimes the work can be so hard that you have to remind yourself why you took the job in the first place" - Michael Stuhlbarg
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/alicia-silverstone-killing-of-a-sacred-deer.jpg
Alicia Silverstone on ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ and Working on Broadway
"My agent called and said, 'You need to go on this thing. It’s worth it. You should start preparing immediately" - Alicia Silverstone
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/denzel-washington-roman-j-israel-esq.jpg
Denzel Washington on ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and Why He Keeps Coming Back to Broadway
"I’m interested in different challenges, and challenging myself and just trying to get better." - Denzel Washington
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/chadwick-boseman-black-panther.jpg
Chadwick Boseman on Playing Black Panther: “I love him because the fantasy of playing a ruler – you never get to do that”
Boseman talks about portraying T'Challa's unique background on screen.