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Caught in the Net
a British Farce
by Ray Cooney

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 877

SHOWING : February 20, 2004 - March 27, 2004



This is the latest comedy-farce by Ray Cooney, one of Britain's most popular playwrights. This is the sequel to the highly popular farce "Run For Your Wife", that ran for 9 years in London, England, for over 2 years in Toronto and played here in Osgoode in the Spring of 2003.Wild mishaps and comic confusions abound right up to the unexpected and hilarious climax in this sharp and crazy typical British farce from the master of the genre! John Smith has been secretly married to two women for 18 years and has somehow kept his two families from colliding. Problems arise, though, when his son and daughter - one from each marriage - meet on the Internet and want to get together, starting a web of lies and deceit in which everyone becomes gloriously entangled. Of course, since it's Ray Cooney, everything that can go wrong goes…berserk and the audience never stops laughing.

Dad Larry Fairall
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Sorry I was so Late
by Paul
Monday, March 29, 2004
I am sorry that my wife and I waited until the last weekend to see “Caught in the Net”. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to have seen it again. I laved so hard the I had tears in my eyes. I think I embarrassed my wife with the volume of my laughter. But I was not the only one. The theater seemed packed and everyone was having the times of their lives.

This is truly one of the funniest shows Jill and I have had the pleasure of watching, The pace was nonstop. Mr. O’Rourke and Mr. Garrett never stopped. Once the show got up and running it was fast and furious. It took me a moment to determine that I was watching two different families in 2 different apartments that seemed to overlap on the same set. Once I recognized this it was easy to follow.

Both wives were marvelous, especially Amy. she brought down the house.

Mr. Fairall was good as the senile father if his performance did tend to be a little too much caricature and not enough character.

The only weak spot was the two kids. Their level of energy did not quite match the feverous intensity of their “parents”

Kudos to Kudzu. And for those interested. Neither my wife or myself are affiliated in any way with this theater or any other theatre in Atlanta other than in the guise of patron

what a tangled web we weave
by Okely Dokely
Saturday, March 20, 2004
CitN is a sequel to Run For Your Wife, which was presented by Kudzu last year, and let the customer beware that if they didn’t see RFYW – as I didn’t – they will be pretty lost at the beginning, and will need to really pay attention to get caught up. The play does not stand as well on its own as director Lane Teilhaber suggests in his director’s notes in the playbill.

That being said, once I got caught up and understood not only what had gone on in the past but what was currently going on, this was a typically cute little British romp, complete with mistaken identities, running around, doors slamming, and a highly improbable plot which flies in the face of all logic. I suggest you leave your brain at the door and try not to dwell on the questions that this show will undoubtedly pose, such as why someone wouldn’t recognize their own father or husband even though he is crouched over, or for that matter why they couldn’t recognize their own father or husband’s voice on the telephone, even if they were impersonating a Chinese Restaurant owner (which was hilariously done by Kevin Garrett, by the way).

Not to spoil too much of the ending, but I’m glad the web of lies gets untangled and the truth comes out and is dealt with. I was hoping that would be the conclusion, as it would have left a bad taste in my mouth if the protagonist kept up the charade and didn’t learn anything. This show takes about half an hour or so in the beginning to pick up steam, but once it does, it is exciting as any British farce I’ve seen, and I remember being disappointed when intermission began because that meant there’d be a pause in the action. Kudos go to Kevin Garrett (an actor who I go way back with – “Kiss and Tell” at VPR in 1993, anyone?), Larry Fairall, Sean O’Rourke, Amy Rundbaken, and the cute and talented Jessica Dienna. There was no phoning in of performances from this cast, even on the Sunday afternoon that I saw it. From the front row, I could see that just about all the actors were sweating buckets. Well done Kudzu – I wish you well in your new space.
Another "biased" review....
by JasonMeinhardt
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
That was my warning, just in case people are going to use this review as a decision maker as to whether or not they are going to see this show. I am, of course, affiliated with Kudzu and more so...I was in the prequel to this show, Run For Your Wife last year. I agree with "andy" that I think the script for Run For Your Wife was tighter and the overall storyline was crisper (not to mention it had Sgt. Troughton in it and I loved playing that role). This cast remained tight and it was fun to watch from an audience point of view. The roles were switched with Stanley (Sean O'Rourke) and John (Kevin Garrett) moving from supporting role to lead role and vice versa. I enjoyed all the jokes and got a lot more than the rest of the audience because a lot were from the previous show. Its a great situation these characters were put in and provides a laugh a minute. Definitely worth going to see even if you didn't catch last year's show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
great show
by andy
Monday, February 23, 2004
according to "taylor" i should not be reviewing this show since i am affiliated with kudzu and i am good friends with some of the actors. but what does he know? i enjoyed this production very much. although i liked Caught In The Net, i think Run For Your Wife is a better show. i was delighted to see shawn o'rourke as stanley with a bigger part this time, he is my favorite character in these two shows. I have always seen Larry Farrell in more serious roles, so i was pleased to see him do a much more comedic role. i think the whole cast did a great job and i strongly suggest that anyone go see this production. I promise you will laugh out loud. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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