In this adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s 1889 travelogue, three men (and a dog) embark on a boating journey down the Thames River. Of course, hijinks ensue.
Should you see it?
Three Men in a Boat is absurdly delightful, through and through. Jerome is witty and humorous in his writing, and it’s adapted to the stage with a lot of charming. Really, everything here positively exudes charm.
All the performers have so much energy, which is perfectly wrangled and choreographed by Sue Miner’s direction. In terms of performances, Three Men in a Boat is a triumph of both physical comedy and wordy wit. It’s an enjoyable show from top to bottom, one that left me smiling long after I left the theatre.
Matt Pilipiak plays our main storyteller, Jay, who obviously relishes regaling us with their tale of woe. Victor Pokinko as Jay’s friend George uses his tall stature very effectively – just the slightest facial expression had me giggling. Scott Garland is a great foil to Jay as Harris, and equally as delightful at impersonating the people they meet on their journey.
Three Men in Boat took me on a journey, and my only regret is that it wasn’t longer. The ending seemed slightly abrupt, and I was having so much fun that I didn’t want it to end. Like the program states, bad camping stories are a universal experience, and an ageless tale; it’s surprisingly easy to relate to Jerome’s story even over a hundred years later.
But that’s just my opinion, and I’d love to know what you think! What was your favorite leg of the journey? Were you reminded of your own camping disasters? Join the discussion in the comments below.