What do you get when you travel with three men and a dog in a boat? Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog) is a brilliantly fun physical comedy currently playing at Synetic Theater.
…brilliantly fun physical comedy
In this hilarious, fresh, new adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s travelogue written and directed by Derek Goldman, our heart-warming author, Jerome, passionately played by Tom Story, narrates the journey of three young Victorian gentlemen who yearn to get away from the daily grind by becoming one with nature. Their terrier Montmorency tags along for the ride, and as they travel through the English countryside they begin to realize that their transcendental, idealistic views of their perfect journey are turning into one humorous quandary after another. At one point when they take a rest stop for a bite to eat, our storyteller fills us in with the following information: “the most tragic setback in our lives…is that we forget the mustard,” which segues into another hysterical moment from choreographed martial arts moves to dancing the worm as determined ways of opening up a tin can of pineapple. Story’s ability of adapting to a Cheshire cat-like’s facial expressions and physicality set up an entertainingly playful interaction with Montmorency in a side dialogue. Throughout this whirlwind of quick-witted comedic timing, the three gentlemen attempt to try a new Irish stew with a hint of rat, to which one replies, “there was something so fresh and piquant about it!”
In the course of the play, Story drives Jerome with a great sense of comedic timing in a holistic fashion along with his chaps, George, played by Tim Getman, Harris, played by Rob Jansen, and their terrier Montmorency, played by Alex Mills, (who skillfully hops in between various human characters). At another point in our journey, Mills effortlessly interprets a poor woman in an act of desperation of supporting her child through fluid, modern, stylized movements. Both Goldman and Jerome help enhance the chemistry of the four actors given a poetic, language-enriched text intertwined with sporadic moments of stylized movement-based physical comedy, wittily choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili. Both Lisi Stoessel’s clever scenic designs and Brittany Diliberto’s vibrant lighting designs masterfully capture the essence of the feeling of traveling on a boat along the English countryside with our friends.
Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog) takes us on a deliciously amusing voyage filled with surprises along the way that inspire and emphasize the growth of camaraderie and team spirit.
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog) plays through June 8, 2014 at Synetic Theater -1800 S. Bell St. in Crystal City, Arlington, VA 22202. For tickets call the box office at 866-811-4111 or purchase them online by clicking here.