The Walworth Farce

  • The Walworth Farce

Enda Walsh’s 2006 play starts out weird and very funny. An Irishman and his two grown sons bounce off the walls of the seedy London flat where they apparently squat, acting out an elaborate farce in which a contractor pretends that the mansion he’s been working on belongs to him, then resorts to fancy maneuvers when the real owners show up. The acting style is vaudevillian by way of Bugs Bunny and Charles Ludlam. One son wears a dress and switches flouncy wigs depending on which devious slut he’s playing. The other keeps the top of his head shaved and holds his mustache on with an elastic band. And Dad?