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"Come On, Jeeves."
The Scene on Stage: P.G. Wodehouse arrives in Boring posted on 12/01/2017

Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company’s Artistic Director Kelly Lazenby first encountered the play “Come On, Jeeves” in college. But she concedes that perhaps she did not fully appreciate the humor in it.

Now, after years of honing her theatrical craft, she will direct a production of the play by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.

“I have become a little bit more sophisticated,” Lazenby said, noting that in college she didn’t know that Monty Python and Blackadder were funny. “It’s a very particular type of comedy. It’s very droll.”

“Come On, Jeeves” offers the character that Wodehouse made famous: Jeeves, a “gentleman’s gentleman” and a resourceful and intelligent valet who gets his young and foppish employer out of jams with women, the law and more. In the play, Jeeves is on loan from his traditional employer, Wooster, to an earl who is in trouble with gambling debts, including possibly having to sell off his house, but doesn’t want his fiancÚ or family to find out.

Enter Jeeves, who has a plan to make it all better.

Lazenby noted that while Wodehouse productions are often done in England, they are not as frequent in America, but that anyone who is a fan of “Downton Abbey” or “Doc Martin” would enjoy the show.

She described it as a “frothy, take your brain out, enjoy the holiday season, not have to worry about anything” show that is appropriate for everyone.

“It’s slapstick - not quite seltzer in the face - but almost,” she said.

NNB presents “Come On, Jeeves,” by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, from Dec. 1-17 at the Boring Grange, 27861 Grange Street in Boring. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays (note: there is no matinee on Sunday, Dec. 3, but there will be one at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2). For more information, or to make reservations, call 503-593-1295 or visit nnbtheater.com.

Children’s theater with a holiday twist

Clackamas Repertory Theatre will offer its interactive show for kids, “Wing It Holiday Magic,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Niemeyer Center on the Oregon City campus of Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Avenue in Oregon City.

The “Wing It” series is for children between the ages of two and 10, and invites audience members to join the forest friends as they solve another of life’s mysteries, and have some fun along the way.

Each performance will also include a visit by a very special guest from the North Pole. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 503-594-6047 or visit ClackamsRep.org.

SAT production continues

The Sandy Actors Theatre (SAT) production of “Heroes,” by Gerald Sibleyras and translated by Tom Stoppard, continues through Sunday, Dec. 3. The comedy, set in August, 1959, centers on three men in a home for retired military men located somewhere in France, and a plot they devise to make an escape. SAT is located at 39181 Proctor Blvd. (behind Ace Hardware).

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for students and seniors and $13 for children under 12 (reservations are recommended). For more information, or to make reservations call 503-668-6834 or visit sandyactorstheatre.org.

December auditions

SAT will hold auditions for the January production of “Rose Colored Glass,” by Susan Bigelow and Janice Goldberg and directed by Megan Grassl, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at 39181 Proctor Blvd. (behind Ace Hardware). Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and no experience is necessary. SAT is also recruiting for crew positions. The play offers the story of two mistrustful widows and a 13-year-old granddaughter who is deteremined to make them friends. For more information, visit sandyactorstheatre.org. or email lexy@sandyactorstheatre.org.

NNB will hold auditions for the March production of “Everybody Loves Opal,” by John Patrick, from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the Boring Grange, 27861 Grange Street in Boring. Resumes and headshots are welcome, but not necessary. The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The comedy offers the story of Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse, who lives in a tumbledown mansion at the edge of the municipal dump, and includes a cast of four men and two women. For more information, visit nnbtheater.com or call 503-593-1295.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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