Tiny Dynamite Productions concluded its first run of A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT this week with THE CHING ROOM, produced by Inis Nua Theatre Company and directed by Tom Reing. The one-act comedy by Scottish playwright Alan Bissett takes a hilarious look at the contemporary club-culture etiquette of drug dealing in the men’s room.
When struggling poet and inept adulterer Rory urgently needs to use the restroom, he is thwarted by Darren, a pusher who has set up office in the club’s only stall. Their ensuing 50-minute conversation around a toilet results in an odd camaraderie through cocaine and poetry. Under Reing’s fast-paced direction, actors Adam Altman and Eric Scotolati make every moment count, mastering the side-splitting rapid-fire dialogue, the unerring Scottish accents, and the quirky personalities of their characters, whose facial expressions and body language relay as much as their words.
The four-week four-play series at the Red Room of the Society Hill Playhouse proved so popular with its sold-out audiences that Tiny Dynamite founder and Artistic Director Emma Gibson has decided to extend the happy-hour run; she will remount the first show, PEACHES EN REGALIA, for three more dates in November, from 6-7 pm, at Fergie’s Pub. If you missed it the first time, be sure to catch this funny fusion of four eccentric characters, whose hapless lives come together in a delightfully happy ending around the eponymous dessert. You’ll not only see a first-rate play, with delectable direction by David O’Connor and equally delicious performances by Altman, Anjoli Santiago, Miriam White, and Newton Buchanan, but will also enjoy a traditional British meat or vegetarian pie and a beverage–all for the recession-savvy price of $15.
A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT will continue in March 2012, with a new batch of four one-act plays that changes weekly, and continues to make Philadelphia happy hours happier than ever! Tiny Dynamite also plans to take the series outside the city, to a still-to-be-determined venue on the Main Line.
PEACHES EN REGALIA
Written by Steve Lyons
Directed by David O’Connor
Tiny Dynamite Productions
November 9, 13, and 17, 2011
1214 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107.