Unnecessary Farce

January 19 - February 10, 2018
Paul Slade Smith
Ray Ficca

DC Premiere

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

Sponsored by
Christopher Hall, Robert Aubry Davis, Tabard Inn, Robert Slaughter, Kathleen Quinn, Erin Architzel, Holly Hassett, Marie & Mercedes Matson, Sarah F. & James D. Carroll, John & Margery Bernbaum

DC Theatre Scene Review

“[Director] Ray Ficca, a master of physical comedy both as an actor and director, plays his hand impeccably here.”

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Broadway World Review

“Written by Paul Slade Smith and adroitly directed by Ray Ficca, this D.C. premiere will make you really, truly, laugh.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts Review

“Where this production really shined was in the skillfully sharp and rapid-fire delivery of the play’s many and constant absurdities.”

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MD Theatre Guide Review

“Part traditional and part bedroom farce…Unnecessary Farce is a well received and a timely poke at all things sly and silly.”

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Billie Jenna Lawrence
Agent Frank Christopher Herring
Mayor Mario Baldessari
Mrs. Meekly Karen Novack
Karen Emily Levey
Eric Noah Schaefer
Todd Jon Townson

Production Team

Director Ray Ficca
Stage Manager Allison Poms
Set Designer Matthew J. Keenan
Lighting Designer Dan Martin
Costume Designer Liz Gossens
Sound Designer Madeline Clamp
Hair and Makeup Designer Craig Miller
Properties Designer Peter Mikhail
Assistant Director Izzy Smelkinson