'Jeeves Takes a Bow' Ron Ravensborg


Jeeves Takes a Bow

Every Fri. and Sat. from July 5-28
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from July 7-28
2 p.m.

The farcical nature of Jeeves Takes a Bow, Theatre in the Round Players’ latest take on the works of English humorist P.G. Wodehouse, becomes clear with just a glance at the character sheet, featuring such names as Binky Binkersteth, Ruby LeRoy, and Knuckles McCann. Subtlety has seldom been on tap for the screwball misadventures of absentminded dandy Bertie Wooster and his virtuoso valet, Jeeves, here skillfully adapted by Margaret Raether. This particular episode finds the two Londoners vacationing in Midtown Manhattan, circa the roaring 1920s, as they’re approached by Binky, one of Wooster’s oldest and dimmest acquaintances. The slumming aristocrat has adopted Wooster’s name as an alias, aspiring to walk on the wild side by acting in a musical alongside the capricious ingenue Ruby LeRoy. All of which would have been harmless enough if the possessive gangster Knuckles McCann hadn’t already been smitten with Ruby. Cue a rollicking sequence of ludicrous mishaps and slapstick showbiz shenanigans. Audiences witnessing the madcap mischief will have a perfectly unflustered guide in the ever competent, sensible, droll Jeeves.