Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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OPUS Performing Arts Community

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the story of two con men and their interactions with each other and an unsuspecting line up of rich women. Full of innuendo, sarcasm, drastically inappropriate and politically incorrect one liner's, and slapstick comedy the production takes a few moments to come to terms with. The easily offended should beware - this show does not hold back.

The cast work very hard and deliver an exciting and energetic show, but it is thwart with technical difficulties which hold back the overall performance. Unfortunately lighting queues are often missed, faces are left in darkness and microphone levels are often too low or not switched on at all.

Choreography is simple and very effect and the leads all deliver their numbers excellently. David Salter plays Freddy Benson like a true comedian, his myriad of facial expressions are a pleasure to watch. In a duet with Fiona Delaine of 'Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True' he gives a brilliant performance with great comic timing and skill. Fiona Delaine sings beautifully throughout and has some lovely moments as seemingly innocent and perfectly endearing Christine Colgate.  Doug Wiggins as Salter's opposition Lawrence Jameson, gives a very refined and revered characterisation, and his excellent projection is a great asset when his microphone cuts out for entire scenes. April Stuart and Lindsay Dunn have some beautiful moments together, and their own story helps create the 'love' narrative in a lovely juxtaposition to the relentless comedy. Lauren Scarfe plays Jolene Oakes in only a few scenes, but makes sure that Oakes is not forgotten in a boot scooting, cattle herding, gun toting number which draws great applause.

The ensemble all play with great energy and excepting for a few bung notes sung, support each other nicely. A few questionable accents amongst some of the leads is a little frustrating, but easily forgiven.

The audience loved the show, and a big round of applause from a relatively small opening night audience was evidence of the productions success.

Paul Rodda
16 Oct 2010