OPENING to a full house the Phnom Penh Players performed their latest
production, two short plays called The Proposal and A Jubilee, written by Anton
Chekhov and directed by Gary Stodel.
The Proposal was about an aging
wealthy man deciding the complex question of whether or not he should pop the
question. The Jubilee focused on a bank director attempting to make preparations
for the smooth celebration of the bank's fifteenth anniversary despite numerous
Most patrons seemed to enjoy the performances which ran
over two nights at the Royal Phnom Penh Hotel on July 15-16. Tickets sold for
$15 including dinner.
One theater patron, who admits to being no drama
critic, said: "The understated British presentation of the classic Tolstoy
satirical comedy was superb. Fred Longman's superb accent added a profound
dimension to the Russian characterizations, but personally I prefer the
Katherine Bourke, who played Natalyia Stepanovna, the would-be
bride, said she enjoyed the relaxed Phnom Penh atmosphere.
She said: "If
you fluff your lines people laugh all the more. It's been really good fun with
the crowd having a good time and a good laugh."
This is the Players fifth
production since the group was formed to entertain the community and help for
charity by Bill Lobban and Vicky Rogers in June 1992.
The plays take
approximately three months to prepare and a production is held every six months.