THE SEXUALLY CHARGED MR. SLOANE ENTERTAINS
“Entertaining Mr. Sloane” boasts impressive performances from it’s fine cast. Emrhys Cooper shines as Sloane in a sexually charged, nuanced portrayal. Ian Buchanan grounds the piece with a sharp and impressive turn as Ed. Olivia d’Abo is solid as the horny Kath, decked out in a fine wig and fat suit. Robin Gammell excels as the nearly blind old man whose subtle understanding of human nature proves to be his undoing.
Director Stan Zimmerman ably taps into the British sensibility with his fluid direction, though the working class accents chosen for the play are sometimes a distraction. A magnificent set and detailed production design help the play realize it’s full potential. Though first performed forty seven years ago, Mr. Sloane manages to entertain and hold us today as it must have in it’s original incarnation.
Produced by Richard Lutz, this is a production that is well worth the price of admission. A night at the theater that is guaranteed to stay with you for quite some time.
Running Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 through July 24 at the Actors Company Theatre located at 916 A N. Formosa Ave. in West Hollywood (free onsite parking). For tickets, go to https://www.plays411.net/newsite/show/play.