by Joe Orton, Loot is an irreverent black comedy by
famed British playwright Joe Orton. The madcap action involves a bank robbery,
a casket, a bumbling police inspector, and a nurse with deadly bedside manner.
A farce that will leave you laughing so hard, you won’t know whether to root for
the good guys or the bad guys!
IS A HOOT
by Scott Andrews
Comic chaos and
madcap mayhem erupt with when the two most incompetent criminals in London confront
Scotland Yard’s most inept detective in a crime story that revolves around hot
cash and a cold corpse.
That’s the shtick of “Loot,” a classic modern British
farce by Joe Orton. Good Theater, Portland’s newest and most vibrant professional
(non-Equity) thespian troupe, opened “Loot” last weekend to sold-out audiences
-- who spent two hours doubled over with laughter. “Loot” is a hoot, and a must-see
for anyone who revels in fine scripts performed by outstanding casts.
theater professor Bill Steele directs six actors. The plot revolves around a pair
of blundering criminals who rob a bank, then stash their bags of ill-gotten cash
in a coffin containing the corpse of the mother of one of the guys. Then there’s
the question of how the old lady died. Was it a murder committed by her curvaceous
nurse, a blonde bombshell who’s knocked off a dozen husbands in as many years
and is now scheming to marry the dead woman’s rich widower?
justice is represented by the most confused constable in the kingdom, who seems
to fumble the simplest facts and obvious connections.
This is definitely one
of the best shows I’ve seen all season. The whole cast is outstanding, but let’s
specially mention Samantha Fitschen as the deadly nurse and Stephen Underwood
as the dense detective.
Starring Sean Demers, Samantha Fitschen, Chris Horton, William Sandstead, Josh
Stamell, Stephen Underwood
Set Design Janet Montgomery
Director Craig Robinson
Costume Design Joan McMahon
Lighting Design Jamie
Production Stage Manager Natasha Mieszkowski
Directed by William
* Member Actors' Equity Association