Creative Loafing Best of the Bay
A swingin’ 60’s British sex farce
When high-strung psychiatrist Dr. Prentice tries to seduce an innocent secretary on her first job interview, his botched efforts leads to comic bedlam involving his nymphomaniac wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer, an insane asylum inspector and ultimately, the formidable manhood of Sir Winston Churchill.
It is as outrageous as it is entertaining, and its unrestrained depiction of a world gone mad displays Orton’s talent at its subversive best. Wild, risqué, and ferociously playful, Orton’s uproarious farce is one of the seminal works of modern comedy.
The premiere of What the Butler Saw, Joe Orton’s final (and arguably finest) play, produced almost two years after his death at the hands of his lover, sent shockwaves through London audiences, who were scandalized by its lewd humor and madcap energy, but who still could not deny his work anything other than drop-dead funny.
Intended for mature audiences, What the Butler Saw features rampant cross-dressing, undressing, scathing commentary on psychiatry, marriage, sexuality and government, but no actual butler. The title refers to a coin-operated machine that was used to display pornography.
- Katrina Stevenson – Director
- Xylina Golding – Stage Manager
- Katie Castonguay – Geraldine Barclay
- David M. Jenkins – Dr. Prentice
- Caroline Jett – Mrs. Prentice
- Michael C. McGreevy – Sgt. Match
- Dayton Sinkia – Nicholas Beckett
- Ward Smith – Dr. Rance
- David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
- Greg Newcomb – Graphic Designer
- Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
- Katrina Stevenson – Costumer Designer
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