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Archive for Ray Cooney

CASH ON DELIVERY at the El Portal

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Michael Cooney’s Cash on Delivery typifies the sort of humor you find in a quintessential English farce. It’s very funny when it’s well done and a big boring yawn when it’s not. I’m pleased to report that the production at the El Portal, directed by Cooney’s father Ray (who was knighted for his contributions to British theater) falls in the former category. Read more…

Now running through December 20.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE at the Torrance Theatre Company


Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Farce is a difficult form of theater. Torrance Theatre Company is taking it on, in the form of Ray Cooney’s Run for Your Wife. The set here is sturdy, the actors competent. But, under the direction of Gary Robbins, much of the piece is played as if it were a drama. Read more…

 Now running through October 12.

FUNNY MONEY at the Torrance Theatre Company


Photo by Brad LaVerne

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

For those who like protracted-lie farces, British playwright Ray Cooney is a master, and this one is a classic. In it, an average Joe weaves a tangled web, which gets unwound some two hours later, minus the intermission. The action is set in 1982 London, where Henry Perkins (Tom Juarez) arrives home from work on the evening of his birthday. In his hand is a briefcase he mistakenly grabbed instead of his own. It contains £735,000 (well over $1 million). Read more…

Now running through February 15.