“Skin Flick”, or perhaps ‘Porn Yesterday!’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Forty years ago, there was a highly popular movie titled ‘Fun With Dick & Jane’ that starred George Segal and Jane Fonda. The story was about a successful couple, (the Harpers); who when affected by a recession both lost their jobs. To create income, they decided to become bank robbers. Unlike the infamous Willie Sutton, they didn’t have the talent nor much success. Three decades later, Canadian playwright Norm Foster paraphrased the concept in ‘SKIN FLICK’. This incarnation was non-felonious but definitely as funny. No ‘stick-em-ups’, instead along with their single (and also unemployed) neighbour decide to create a porno DVD.

l-r   Wouthuis; Cook; Edwards; Redfearn & Fortman in SKIN FLICK

This five-person comedic gem is Grimsby’s Peninsula Players Community Theatre’s 35th anniversary effort. The company and director Shirley Marshall have aced the endeavour. A dynamic cast; functional set; effective lighting and the requisite timing by the actors make this show a delight. From the vocally bleeped out scatology; to the double entendres; miscommunications; and erroneous interpretations, hardly a moment goes by with audience hilarity interrupting the dialogue. Foster utilizes the vehicle of having one of the characters also act as narrator and his Mr. M.C. moments are creatively emphasized by physical stop-action by the on-stage cast, accompanied by dimmed lighting…highly effective.
The recently unemployed couple are portrayed by
Richard Wouthuis & Lisa Cook. The former is also our story-teller. He’s a natural in both personas but it’s Cook that owns the show. Her innate sense of timing is faultless and highly effective. Her somewhat risqué smirks underscore the emotions she must project. The slightly neanderthal TV news cameraman is Brad Fortman and he’s a perfect cast selection. He is one of the most lovable louts we’ve seen interpret this particular role. His leer, his sneer, and especially his beer make him more than just comedic relief… he’s a pivotal character.
The couple who are recruited for the movie’s action are
Taylor Edwards & David Redfearn. She’s a 3-D birthday card delivery erroneously sent, and he’s a nerdish bookie who is supposed to underwrite the project. Any more details would be a spoiler, Edwards is full-figured, voluptuous young lady and seems to delight in the role of a ‘bombshell’. Redfearn imitates the late Allan Sherman (Hello Mudda, hello fadda) in constantly pushing up his Buddy Holly horn-rims. He nails the famous ‘GRIN’ moment that is a highlight of the play.
Given our profession, we’ve seen the play before. However, PPCT ‘s version had us laughing at even the most innocuous comments, which could be a manifestation of a dirty mind. Not too bad for a jaded couple of scribes. SKIN FLICK is almost a sell-out but we’re told there’s still seats available for Friday Nov. 10
th. Call 905-309-6358 for tickets.

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