The number of doors on the set of Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” at Stage Door Repertory (where it runs through September 28) suggest not a British farce but a French one—“A Flea in Her Ear.” But like the Feydeau romp, which director Nick Charles staged here last season, this nutball comedy about the backstage goings-on during a stage show in the English provinces depends on split-second timing. It works, for the most part; if things are little uneven in the too-slow first act as well as the climactic third, they’re close to perfection in the second.
Standouts in the cast are Glenn Freeze (as Lloyd, the overly hands-on director of the play within the play) and Rose London (Dotty, the actress cast as the daft cleaning lady); also notable are Autumn Browne (ever-reliable actress Belinda) and Jennifer Whitley (sensitive stage manger Poppy). Brittany Layne (Brooke, the bimbo who wanders about half-undressed) excels at the art of taking a pratfall. Call 714-630-7378.
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British humor is of course alive and well on the telly and on DVD, thanks to Acorn Media, which is now streaming select series at AcornOnline.com/TV. Among the company’s latest offerings on disc is “Blandings, Series 1,” the BBC adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle stories. Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders star in this 2-DVD, 6-episode set, unleashing a gaggle of crackpot characters from the creator of beloved “Jeeves and Wooster.”
Acorn’s other recent releases include “The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection,” a 6-DVD set consisting of five full-length mysteries based on Dorothy L. Sayers’ witty thrillers. Bonus material includes interviews with the late Ian Carmichael (Wimsey), who co-starred alongside Peter Sellers and Terry-Thomas in a number of classic ‘50s and ‘60s film comedies… Two more from Acorn are “Maigret: Complete Collection” starring Michael Gambon and based on Georges Simenon's detective novels, and “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Series 1,” an Australian TV show set in Jazz Age Melbourne.
Hot tip: P. G. Wodehouse collaborated on the original book for “Anything Goes,” the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of which makes its OC September 24–29 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
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