Bullshot Crummond, coming to Playreaders

By Kate Rowland

Aplane crash, a car chase, a mysterious formula, a hair-raising escape from a cliff, poison, a sword fight, clever disguises, love, intrigue, a “Converse Force Field,” and more will come your way when Playreaders brings you the hilarious and highly ridiculous Bullshot Crummond, written in 1974 by Ron House, Diz White, John Neville-Andrews, Alan Shearman, and Derek Cunningham.

Theater
Bullshot Crummond
Wed, Apr 6 and Thu, Apr 7, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6

The dashing Captain Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond (Chuck Ruben)⎯WWI ace fighter pilot, Olympic athlete, racing driver, part-time sleuth, and all round spiffing chap⎯must save the world from the dastardly Count Otto van Brunno (Jim Wright), his wartime adversary, and, of course, win the heart of a jolly nice young lady, Rosemary Fenton (Clara Dunham).

This parody of low-budget 1930s detective movies typifies British heroism at its silliest. The production derives its humor in part from the audacious attempts to transpose effects normally reserved for films, to the stage. All of the characters are highly stereotyped. The plot follows the schemes of the arch-evil Count Otto Von Brunno and his sidekick, Lenya Von Brunno (Kate Rowland), to destroy England by kidnapping eccentric, absent-minded scientist Rupert Fenton (Don Krim), and stealing his new secret formula to manufacture diamonds, which will upset the world’s economies. Fenton’s daughter, Rosemary, a classic damsel in distress, appeals to larger-than-life hero Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond to come to the rescue and save the day. While highly intelligent and quick-witted, Crummond also hilariously fails to notice the obvious (to everyone else and the audience) and, against stereotype, can’t seem to win a fight. The play is designed to be performed by only five actors, one of whom plays seven characters, including Professor Fenton (Don Krim).

Don’t miss the romping good time sure to be had by all. Directed by Kate Rowland; sound and lights by Yaya Silva Mendez; stage managed by Barbara Ziff. Tickets will be sold at the door at 6:45pm each evening on a first come, first served basis. All ticket holders must be present when the doors open at 7pm or their seat may be resold. The play will begin at 7:30pm or when the house is filled.

 

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