Perfect Nonsense makes rib-tickling, crowd-pleasing comedy out of its larger-than-life Jeeves and Wooster tale – and does its subject justice with terrific performances from its cast. It is wonderful and hilarious period comedy, where PG Wodehouse’s incisive wit once again raises the material at hand and torments the funny bone.
The cast is uniformly magnificent. Mathew Carter (Wooster), Joseph Chance (Jeeves) and Robert Goodale (Seppings) are amazing when they’re apart but even more so when together, their strong portrayals really lending both poise and lightness to characters who would otherwise be remembered only as jocular caricatures. They all match their incredible animation with a superb comedic delivery in a story that has something to offer audiences of all ages and classes.
This clever PG Wodehouse homage reproduces the manners of the Edwardian English upper classes, while cunningly satirizing them. It is an adaption of several of Wodehouse’s best stories but much of the material is taken from one of his finest, The Code of the Woosters.
It is delivered as a play within a play, with Bertie Wooster and his classic wholehearted self-delusion deciding to present the play himself – but he gets a great deal of assistance from Jeeves, his valet, and Seppings, his aunt’s butler. Rapid costume changes allow Chance and Goodale to play the various characters whilst Carter remains in the Wooster character as he tells the tale of attempting to steal a silver cow-creamer jug from a stately home. The plot is convoluted and eccentric as only a Wodehouse tale can be and it’s pure fun from start to finish. It has more laughs than any comedy I've seen this year. More than that, it's a celebration of PG Wodehouse’s uniquely British biting comedy that he turned into an art form.
Just see it.
Lunchbox Theatrical Productions
Adapted by The Goodale Brothers
Original Director Sean Foley
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide
Dates: 30 August – 3 September 2016