Sunday, 9 February 2014

Theatre Woodstock's House of Joy: a saucy treat

There’s no question that Norm Foster’s Jenny’s House of Joy provides plenty of chuckles and outright belly laughs but there are a few bonuses along the way that include a touching dramatic element and a storyline from the purely female perspective.
The good news is that director Rob Coles is well aware that this is a multi-dimensional play, one that requires a deft hand at both pacing and delivery. He succeeds on every level, as does a very talented cast of five female actors, on top of their respective games at all times during this delightfully entertaining production.
Set in a whorehouse in the town of Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1871, one might expect the usual stereotyped ladies of the evening, the odd slobbery male client wandering about in his long johns and a dialogue that simply reeks with double entendres. Not true because Foster gives his audiences what is quite an enduring and thoughtful look at frontier life for those aforementioned women with both bawdy laughter and a large measure of compassion and pathos.     more.......

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