Poor Jordan, straight arrow Haligonian, would be art history student and innocent. In Lunduntown, a wry comedy written by Alan Mercieca and Glyn Jones, Jordan's footloose on a mission. Namely to convince his aging free-spirit London-based Uncle, flakey Charlie Dibbles, to come to terms with and thereby to deal with a pressing family matter back in Halifax. Uncle Charlie turns out to be a low-rent, sometimes charming, always opinionated motormouth and enthusiastic guide up for ferrying Jordan through London's Dharma Bum zeitgeist. Charlie, in a raspy 50s jazz staccato, unspools his gush of entertaining blather not unlike his hero Jack Kerouac's stream of Beat consciousness in his celebrated scroll of a book, On The Road. That said, Lunduntown plays more like On The Town. In a series of serio-comic vignettes separated with blackouts, we meet Natasha, a bookish seer with a serviceable Eastern European accent, a Canadian in Londontown attempting to instantly assimilate by torturing his glottis with a brutal East London accent, a Morroccan who's as good as his word, an Aussie with a comic, off-kilter point of view on the death of the Croc Hunter Steve Irwin and a clownish, volvanic, violent pyscho-punk with a bizarre interest and pride in Britain's great poets. Acted by the playwrights along with Luis Ferandes, Katie Leggit and Victor (?), Lunduntown took some time for the audience to attune themselves to the character-driven humour. But when this happened, the funny lines received their just dues. In Mel Brooks' hilarious film The Producers, Zero Mostel as the out-sized "legendary" theatrical producer was evenly matched (and tempered) by Gene Wilder's "mild-mannered" neurotic accountant. In Lunduntown, the outrageous blowhard Charlie Dibbles consistently lopsides the play, repeatedly overwhelming the hapless Jordan and other characters he encounters. Charlie Dibbles needs a Gene Wilder. As it stands, Lunduntown, though uneven, is nonetheless an interesting ambitious theatre piece and thereby, well worth-catching.
Showtimes: Saturday Sept 8 in the Imperial Room at 3:30 and 9:15; Sunday Sept 9 in the Imperial Room at 2:30 $5.00