|Jennifer Childs and Anthony Lawton|
A wildly innovative show is being produced by 1812 Productions on the Arcadia Stage of the Arden Theatre, 40 N 2nd Street, through September 21. Alan Ayckbourn’s Intimate Exchanges, with comic geniuses Jennifer Childs and Anthony Lawton, is a sure-fire hit. Opening on an English estate, one of the characters is soon faced with a choice. A member of the audience is called upon to make the choice and the play continues on a prescribed path until the next choice must be made. Mr. Lawton and Ms. Childs will play a total of 7 characters during the run and have mastered 16 scenes, which in different combinations, create eight possible plays with eight possible endings. The play is delightful and witty beyond measure. No one can tell a story with facial expressions better than Jennifer Childs. She doesn’t have to utter a word to have the audience roaring. Childs seamlessly changes roles in the blink of an eye, and does a costume change almost as quickly. In the opening night piece, she was a headmaster’s wife one minute and her young house maid barely a few seconds later. Anthony Lawton, too, embodies two polar opposites .to perfection. He scarcely has time to leave the stage as one character than he is returning as another, costume set and mind-set reversed. For more information or tickets to this superb opening of 1812 Production's 2014-2015 season, call 215-592-9560 or visit online at www.1812productions.org.