THREE parties (one family birthday meal, one hen party and one blind date), one Italian restaurant with one valiant waitress, only one meal on offer – so what could possibly go wrong?
Stevie Parker was very amusing as the totally inept waitress (straight from the Manuel school of table waiting) with a natural comic aptitude for both visual and auditory humour.
Mary Hyde (Julie) and Alistair Banks (Mike) were suitably uncomfortable as the mismatched online daters – this date was the epitome of all that is feared about online dating! – and carried this throughout the play, even when the focus wasn’t on them.
Overall, an injection of pace and energy was needed to suit the farcical wit of the script, while remembering the fine line of holding a line until laughter subsides (so that dialogue isn’t lost), and to establish more the rapport within each group throughout the play.