Fringe review: Speedthru

By John Lyle Belden

For those who tread the boards, acting can be a stressful business. Even during rehearsals, when someone doesn’t show, it’s a hassle working around the missing person and getting those lines down. For this company, portrayed by Eclectic Pond’s Matt Anderson and Kate Homan, no one else in the cast of “The Importance of Being Jeff” has shown up – but theatre company board members have, and they want to see a run-through of the show. This is further complicated by the fact that the two actors didn’t pay much attention to the script beyond their small parts in the third act.

This sets up the “Speedthru,” playing at Firefighter’s Union Hall, in which the two play all the roles as best as they can recall them – and it’s not like anyone else has read this obscure play – as fast as possible before the folks paying for this show catch on that they don’t know what they’re doing.

Homan and Anderson show immense talent, as it takes a lot to look like you’re just winging it and still be entertaining. This slapstick quick-change farce, with wry commentary on classical plays thrown in, is a treat for all audiences ages teen and up, but especially for thespians who remember being in similar binds themselves.

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