Cow Patti Theatre presents classic Who’s Under Where?

‘This play is very physical and is in your face with big laughs.’ ANNAMARIE LEA

The Cow Patti Theatre Company will kick off its 18th season with the classic farce Who’s Under Where, featuring jealous husbands, lingerie, misunderstandings and clever physical comedy.

The show will run from Nov. 13th until Dec. 14th at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club.

The shows run as part of a dinner theatre with tickets for $70, a chicken and rib theatre or a brunch theatre, tickets for both cost $60.

Tickets are available through the Lacombe Golf and Country Club box office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 403-304-3629.

Cow Patti creator and show producer AnnaMarie Lea said she is very excited for the performance, and is particularly fond of the chosen piece.

“I decided to do this show because we wanted to provide our audience with something where they could just sit back, relax and have a good show without thinking too much. This play is very physical and is in your face with big laughs,” said Lea.

The show walks audiences through the trials of two lingerie designers who are hoping to win a multi-million dollar deal with an Italian designer. Their husbands, confused and jealous, attempt to sabotage their wives’ chances and hilarity ensues. The comedy has received rave reviews since its debut and continues to be performed often.

“As an actor, I find it exciting to gather a group of people and take them somewhere else for a few hours. They can forget about day–to-day and worries and just enjoy themselves.”

The Cow Patti Theatre Company uses some of the funds raised from their performances for a benefit program. Thursday evening performances are the benefit shows, with funds collected going to groups such as GrammaLink, Medical Mercy Canada, Knights of Columbus, The Lending Cupboard and the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation.

One of Lea’s main inspirations for bringing the show to Lacombe this year was because Cow Patti wanted an all-Canadian season.

Canadians Marcia Kash and Douglas Hughes wrote Who’s Under Where in 1992. Lea had performed in this play a number of years ago with a different acting company, and she said that she thoroughly enjoyed it.

“A farce is very simple with regards to dialogue so it’s the physical comedy that makes it come to life. The audience has the upper hand in that they know what’s going on. It’s fun for them to be a part of the play – knowing what’s going on before the characters do. Once they think they know what’s going to happen there’s a new plot twist,” said Lea.

“Farce acting is known to be quite difficult. It’s very physical and the timing is so important and so precise. It keeps the audience on the edge of their seats and trying to keep up with what’s happening next. It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun,” she said.

The Lacombe Golf and Country Club will host and cater the event. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m. with the performance to follow at 8 p.m.

“I’d like the audience to walk away with a full belly of great food and a good laugh. I want them to be able to walk away and have had a couple of hours of just pure enjoyment. To be able to make people laugh is very important and to give them a great time to forget their worries.”

kmendonsa@lacombeexpress.com