By Nick Hoppner
MONTROSE–Looking for some holiday merriment as light and fluffy as meringue-sweetened snowflakes? Reserve your tickets for Magic Circle Players’ staging of Sorry! Wrong Chimney!, a Christmas farce by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears. The play is brought to the Magic Circle Theatre stage by Dick Shannon, Director, and Jim Hougnon, Assistant Director.
As with all farce, Sorry! Wrong Chimney! entertains with unlikely, extravagant, and improbable situations, verbal gymnastics, and a fast-paced plot—a perfect tonic for the over-rich diet of “thematically meaningful” holiday fare that clogs the arteries of most Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s TV dramas. There’s enough physical humor (slapstick) and nonsensical situations on stage in Sorry! Wrong Chimney! to guarantee the whole spectrum from giggles to “bowl-full-of-jelly” laughs. As most of the play’s situational humor is intricate, the show may not be understood or appreciated by young children.
Some of Magic Circle Players’ most accomplished comedic actors serve up the improbable story of Sorry! Wrong Chimney!: David Tuttle (played by Kevin Cohenour) has secretly been moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife, Samantha, (Bethany Ward) a fur for Christmas. He tells her he’s working late at the office, but she suspects his late nights out are a cover for an illicit affair, so she sets out to unwrap his suspected duplicity. When the Tuttles’ across-the-apartment-hallway neighbors, hypnosisproficient psychiatrist William Weldon (M. A. Smith) and his wife, Natalie, (TaniaHajjar) get involved, raucous confusion reigns supreme.
Adding to everyone’s befuddlement are interruptions by Kris Kreigle, an apartment burglar who believes he is Santa Claus (Bob Dietrich); Kreigle’s accomplice and fiancée, Sheila, (Sandy Lundberg) and a none-too-bright New York City policeman (Ryan Hyle), who is hot on the trail of the notorious Santa Claus apartment burglar.
Mistaken identities are as obvious as mistletoe garlands, double entendres are as numerous as Christmas cookies, and the slapstick antics of the cast are quite literally stripped down to their candy cane decked undershorts. Sorry! Wrong Chimney! Evening performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 9, 10, 16,17, 23, and 24 at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees on Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
Make reservations by calling 970-249-7838.