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Setting sail with a sea of talent; Theatre Review.

Byline: Dayle Crutchlow

Anything Goes College Theatre, The Butts, until Saturday.

I HAVE to admit this kind of show - a Cole Porter musical set on a cruise ship - is not my cup of tea.

But the Three Spires group, who put this on, is brimming over with robustly talented amateur performers.

And it's purely down to them that I'm able to overlook a script that offers much of the cast nothing more to work with than wafer-thin caricatures.

That's amusing in the case of Roger Ganner's fine comedic turn as Elisha Whitney. Less so with the stereotypical portrayal of the two 'Chinamen'. Political correctness was unheard of when this was written. You decide if that's a good thing.

Back on the plus-side, step forward Craig Garner as Billy and Sarah Tuson as a powerhouse Reno, both likeable in the extreme, and Steven Poole as Moonface Martin, the friendliest gangster you'll ever see. All three also sing up a storm.

Together these, and other performances, lift this production above the realms of extreme farce, lame jokes and far-fetched plot devices - a kind of Carry On Cruising with songs.

An impressive bout of mass tap dancing also lifts the spirits.

Good cast. Decent production. If you like this kind of thing you'll probably really enjoy it.

***

Running time: 2hrs 30mins

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TOP PERFORMERS ... The Three Spires Musical Society's production of Anything Goes. Picture: Adam Chapman
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 17, 2007
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