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Hopping along with Dartmouth Players 

Season closer A Flea in Her Ear brings the curtain down with guffaws

click to enlarge Sacre bleu, a French farce!
  • Sacre bleu, a French farce!

You know you've got a hit on your hands when the laughter is as long, loud and frequent as it was the other night at the Dartmouth Players' production of A Flea in Her Ear. This "French romp" was written in 1907, but proves great farce is funny in any era. First-time director Mike Tobin has done a remarkable job of balancing the performances from the hilariously over-the-top (Terry Coolen as the homicidal Spaniard Carlos Homenides, for example) to the calm and anchoring (Tamara Smith as Homenides' plotting wife). The second act is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of slamming doors, mistaken identities and (literally) revolving beds and while the third act lags a little, it eventually picks up steam and finishes strong. This play follows on the heels of an equally terrific Inherit the Wind, elevating Dartmouth Players to Sure Thing status. –Kate Watson

To June 30, Dartmouth Players Theatre, 33 Crichton Street, Dartmouth, 8pm (Sun 2pm), 465-7529

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