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Bear Pit Theatre review: Three One Act Comedies

Three One Act Comedies, Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford, to July 13. Stratford-based Second Thoughts Drama Group has been operating for over 30 years and enjoys providing opportunities for new writing, as shown in this production. The most entertaining is Supersnout (pictured above), written by Jane Cafarella and directed by Jane Grafton. Supersnout is a dog whose owner can suddenly understand him and doesn’t like the story he tells about her husband cheating on her. And it gets worse when the husband brings his mistress home. There is drama, a few laughs, and good observations of how dogs and their owners behave.

Oli Williams as the dog is bouncy, funny and does a good dance to Who Let the Dogs Out. Unfortunately the others two comedies can’t match up. Wherefore Art Thou Lady Macbeth, (right) is by Margot McCleary, who also appears in the last play. Two actresses imbibe too much in their dressing room while technical problems delay their plays, but then can’t remember which door to go back out of. So Lady Macbeth and Juliet quickly have to learn each other’s roles in case they head to the wrong stage. The situation is too far-fetched, and the farce that could ensue just doesn’t raise many laughs. In Whiskin

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