Bertie Wooster has bitten off more of The Big Apple than he can chew. All attempts to inflict his charming ineptitude on America and break into show biz are foiled by a kooky childhood friend “Binky” and vengeful thug “Knuckles McCann”. Will his illustrious manservant Jeeves save the scene and the day?
“A wonderfully comedic escape” – Tom Williams, Chicago Critic
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P.G. Wodehouse’s beloved comic characters will take the stage for the third time in Jeeves Takes a Bow, September 8 to 30. The British comedy, adapted by playwright Margaret Raether, includes so many bizarre calamities you’ll wonder until the last moment just how our faithful hero-butler will save the day.
In this installment, the charming and feckless Bertie Wooster (played by Kirk Smith) is paying a visit to the Big Apple. He’s crossed the pond with his considerable fortune, talent for trouble, and his long-suffering (all-knowing) manservant: Jeeves (reprised for a third time by Bernard Cuffling). In Manhattan, they discover that Bertie’s rather dim old school chum, “Binky” (played by Colin Doyle), has abandoned his diplomatic career in order to take a bit part in a racy show starring the luscious, ditzy, “Ruby” (played by Robyn Wallis) But appearances must be maintained back home!
In less than a New York minute, Bertie is entangled with a lovelorn pal, swapped identities, a dangerous bootlegger named Knuckles (played by Declan O’Reilly), a surprise fiancée named Vivienne (played by Kate Richard), and a Broadway musical called “Naughty Natalie!” Once again, it’s up to level-headed Jeeves to save the day – and steal the show!
“Jeeves is a jumble of creative mishaps that makes for simply great theatre,” says director, Mark DuMez. “Our actors do an exceptional job of balancing reality and absurdity so that we can relate to the loving and quirky bonds between the characters – and feel relieved that it’s not us cleaning up the mess.”
Wodehouse’s collected Jeeves series includes thirty-five short stories and ten full-length novels, first published during periods of economic depression, war, and political and social upheaval. It continues to resonate with every generation for its likeability. Few could turn down the camaraderie, mischief, modish slang, shrewd insinuations, gratuitous abbreviations, bewildering metaphors, and delightfully lavish narratives.
The talented production team who bring Manhattan to the Festival stage includes: Amanda Larder, set design; C.S. Fergusson, costume design; Nicole Lamb, Lighting Designer; Lisa Russell, Stage Manager; Rebecca Marchand, Apprentice Stage Manager.