ABQ Theater Conquers British Comedy

ABQ Theater Conquers British Comedy

West End Productions Debuts With "She Stoops To Conquer"

West End Productions is the newest theater company to join Albuquerque’s community, and its goal is to perform exclusively British theater. Its first production of the 2017 season, She Stoops to Conquer, is an excellent start to the year.

Directed by Joe Feldman, She Stoops to Conquer is the tale of a Mr. Hardcastle’s (Neil Falconbridge) daughter, Kate (Jessica Osbourne) “stooping to conquer (or in other words, becoming “common”) the bashful, awkward, blushing nobleman Charles Marlow, played by Tim E. Riley. The whole thing goes belly-up because of Mr. Hardcastle, the mischievous stepson Tony Lumpkin (Tim Crofton).

It’s a classic comedy of errors, with one misstep after another, all starting with Tony’s lie about the house actually being an inn.

Comedic standouts are the two Londoners, Marlow and Hastings. Hastings, played by Blake Magnusson, plays amusingly with Marlow’s bashfulness. The plot coincides with Hastings courtship of Constance Neville, cousin to Kate. They plan for a dramatic escape to elope but are, of course, dragged into the confusing mess.

See this wonderfully English classic at the VSA North Fourth Art Center through March 12. For tickets, visit their website.

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Ashley Kurtz is a freelance theater critic.

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