Far from the proper plan
A Perfect Plan
The Acorn, Penzance.
Review by Frank Ruhrmund
IT WAS good to see the Acorn's small downstairs stage used for this Line Theatre production.
The perfect venue, in fact, for a piece of intimate theatre, the play was billed as a darkly humorous tale of kidnap, manipulation and double dealing.
While it came up with most of those elements, it also contained strong language, considerable violence against women, and murder.
Centred around three brothers in a dysfunctional family, it was hard to like any of them enough to want to laugh. Neither the sadly simple Stanley, who chose to live in squalor and a suitable case for food poisoning, or the other two who were just nasty bits of work.
The telling of the "perfect plan" devised by the last two unpleasant characters involved the kidnapping of Stanley's next door neighbour's estranged daughter, of hiding her in Stanley's basement, and of Stanley's posing as a private eye and investigating and solving the so-called disappearance of the girl to make him look good.
Curiously enough, although the "perfect plan" entailed blindfolding the girl, knocking her out, handcuffing and chaining her up, for some reason her legs were not tied, neither was she gagged, so she could walk about and call for help.
All this made the suspension of one's disbelief hard to achieve, let alone maintain.
It came as something of a relief when the young girl's cold-hearted mummy turned out to be, not only the arch villain, but also as handy with a gun as Annie Oakley.