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Measure for Pleasure****** Las Vegas Little Theatre (Fischer Black Box) 04 February 2012 David Grimm’s “Measure for Pleasure” is imitating the genre of the Restoration Comedy, which was popular in England towards the end of the 17th century. Sexually explicit, this kind of theatrical work was supposed to depict the relations and erotic adventures of characters at all levels of society, portraying the lives of masters as well as servants. This play certainly has all the most significant archetypes of the protagonists one expects in such a comedy, most of them already well characterized by just their names. So there is the aging and vapid, as well as very vain Lady Vanity; her dismissive and unfaithful husband, the lustful Lord Lustforth, the innocent and virtuous young girl, Hermione Goode, the Puritan aunt with a stick up her behind, Dame Stickle or the hot-blooded, penis-driven cavalier by the name of Dick Dashwood. There are some twists in the story, however, for example the young prostitute rescued from the streets by one of the servants is, in fact, a transvestite. Generally the tone of the play is kept close to the standards of its 17th century counterparts, but with a wink of an eye. The dialogue is lively and amusing, but if you expect the humor to convey understated sophistication, you will be somewhat taken aback, as it is most certainly a lot more of the rather straight-forward, not to say crude variety. Sex and lust are the ever-present ingredients of the plot and not only do they frequently occur in an oral (all right, that may sound a bit misleading, so let’s just say “verbal” ;-)) form, but the author does not shy away from presenting us with some relatively graphic (there is no nudity, of course) scenes of carnal encounters. The Las Vegas Little Theater production of “Measure for Pleasure”, directed by Mario Mendez, really was a lot of fun to watch. It seems they truly used the potential of this play to the fullest and squeezed the best out of it. With this kind of unrefined humor it is not always easy to beware the performance from being over the top vulgar, but I would venture to say that in this case it can be deemed a success. Besides the very well designed set (Ryan Balint), and incredibly cute costumes by Penni Mendez (a rather modern interpretation of the fashions of the time), the actors, of course, deserve the most credit. Valerie Carpenter –Bernstein was deliciously shrill as Lady Vanity, Troy Trinkler appallingly lewd as Lord Lustforth, T.J. Larsen convincingly passionate as Dick Dashwood, Drew Yonemori touchingly romantic as Will, John Dolpies equally free-spirited and vulnerable as transvestite Molly, Teresa Fullerton hilariously prude as Dame Stickle and Christin Schreiber simply stunning as the beautiful Hermione. So if you are not opposed to some raunchy dialog, strange couplings and not all-too-realistic plot, where everybody ends up with the object of their desire against all odds and common sense, then you will probably really enjoy this comedy!

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Measure for  Pleasure****** Las Vegas Little Theatre (Fischer Black  Box) 04 February 2012 David Grimm’s “Measure for Pleasure” is imitating the genre of the Restoration Comedy, which was popular in England towards the end of the 17th century. Sexually explicit, this kind of theatrical work was supposed to depict the relations and erotic adventures of characters at all levels of society, portraying the lives of masters as well as servants. This play certainly has all the most significant archetypes of the protagonists one expects in such a comedy, most of them already well characterized by just their names. So there is the aging and vapid, as well as very vain Lady Vanity; her dismissive and unfaithful husband, the lustful Lord Lustforth, the innocent and virtuous young girl, Hermione Goode, the Puritan aunt with a stick up her behind, Dame Stickle or the hot-blooded, penis-driven cavalier by the name of Dick Dashwood. There are some twists in the story, however, for example the young prostitute rescued from the streets by one of the servants is, in fact, a transvestite. Generally the tone of the play is kept close to the standards of its 17th century counterparts, but with a wink of an eye. The dialogue is lively and amusing, but if you expect the humor to convey understated sophistication, you will be somewhat taken aback, as it is most certainly a lot more of the rather straight- forward, not to say crude variety. Sex and lust are the ever-present ingredients of the plot and not only do they frequently occur in an oral (all right, that may sound a bit misleading, so let’s just say “verbal” ;-)) form, but the author does not shy away from presenting us with some relatively graphic (there is no nudity, of course) scenes of carnal encounters. The Las Vegas Little Theater production of “Measure for Pleasure”, directed by Mario Mendez, really was a lot of fun to watch. It seems they truly used the potential of this play to the fullest and squeezed the best out of it. With this kind of unrefined humor it is not always easy to beware the performance from being over the top vulgar, but I would venture to say that in this case it can be deemed a success. Besides the very well designed set (Ryan Balint), and incredibly cute costumes by Penni Mendez (a rather modern interpretation of the fashions of the time), the actors, of course, deserve the most credit. Valerie Carpenter –Bernstein was deliciously shrill as Lady Vanity, Troy Trinkler appallingly lewd as Lord Lustforth, T.J. Larsen convincingly passionate as Dick Dashwood, Drew Yonemori touchingly romantic as Will, John Dolpies equally free-spirited and vulnerable as transvestite Molly, Teresa Fullerton hilariously prude as Dame Stickle and Christin Schreiber simply stunning as the beautiful Hermione. So if you are not opposed to some raunchy dialog, strange couplings and not all-too-realistic plot, where everybody ends up with the object of their desire against all odds and common sense, then you will probably really enjoy this comedy!
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