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Onstage: Unnecessary Farce at Covedale

By Harper Lee · November 2nd, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

Although I’ve not encountered any other kind, Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith is, well, an unnecessary farce. No one needs to see a crop of oddballs sprinting about a stage (frequently sans pants) opening one door, slamming another, lobbing double-entendres out to the house before the curtain finally extinguishes the frenzy.

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts’ Unnecessary Farce is the perfect chaser for Evita, the theater’s brooding season opener.

A batty, delightful walk on the weirdest side of police covert ops, Farce follows a frequently half-naked accountant, her frequently half-naked cop boyfriend, his donut-loving sidekick, an unflappable mayor and a much put-upon member of his security detail as they take down the frrrrrrightening Scottish mob run by Big Mac and a bag-piping assassin.

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Unnecessary Farce, presented by Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, continues through Nov. 14. Go here to read Harper Lee's full review and to get ticket/venue details.



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