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Review: Who’s in Bed with the Butler

Review: Who’s in Bed with the Butler

Review: Who’s in Bed with the Butler
January 30
23:31 2014

Tricia Sims // Intern Writer

Who’s in Bed with the Butler is a comedic play by Michael Parker, is a funny story of the very complicated love life of a butler named Clifton (Tom Kelly). After the death of his boss, Mr. Olden, Clifton gets visits from three of his and Mr. Olden’s old girlfriends – Josephine Sykes (Collen Reed), Rene LaFleur (Vanessa Welch), and Marjorie Merivale (Siri Hammond) – plus his only daughter, Constance Olden (Lisa Ferguson), all in one day while trying to discuss his will.

Talk about a crazy play? In order to help him solve all of his problems, he hires an actress to play his wife, Susie Legere (Sherri Small). Throw in some fun supporting characters such as the private detective who is the least sneaky person ever, William Davis, Jr. (Jonathan Bryant), the deaf maid with the pet rat, Agnes (Betty Kay Seibt) and the uptight lawyer, Roy Vance (Walter Owen) – and then you are having a ball.

It may not be the most obvious comedy, but the lines are pretty witty. The situation itself is probably the most hilarious. How does an old butler get all these women wrapped around his finger? Since each of the girls has been left something by Mr. Olden, Clifton convinces all of the ladies to half it with him and becomes rich as well.

Beware the possible awkwardness of the actors. The youngest girl is about college age and the butler is in his late 50s or older. To many this just adds to the comedy, but others may find the great age difference weird – but remember it’s in the name of comedy!

If you are looking for a good time, or just something to take your mind off school and homework for a while, go see this show. The story sucks you in so well that, by the end, you will be laughing out loud and guessing how the butler pulled it all off.

Ticket price at the Campus Theater is a reasonable $10 for students, $20 for adults and $18 for seniors. Purchase tickets either before the show at the box office (214 West Hickory St., Denton, Texas 76201), over the phone (940- 382-1915) or online (http://www.campustheatre.com/tickets.shtml).

There are two showings on Saturday, Feb. 1st at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2nd at 2 p.m.

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