Porn brings laughter in British comedy

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Theater UCF proudly presents the comical play “No Sex Please, We’re British” to students and local residents. The comedy, originally written by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot, is truly one of a kind.

The action takes place in an apartment over a sub branch of the National United bank in Royal Windsor, England. The plot of the comedy is quite simple: a British newlywed couple, played by UCF students Jason Osorio and Maggie Langlais, order a box of Scandinavian glassware but instead receive an unwelcome delivery of pornographic pictures.

Throughout the play they try again and again to get rid of the pictures but instead receive videos and even stacks of pornographic books. The couple tries desperately to hide these despicable items it from their friends, parents, bosses and even the law.

Since the setting of the play is located in Royal Windsor, England, the actors had the troubling task of mastering a British accent.

“It came as a struggle for some people, but we had a fantastic dialect coach, Kate Ingram, who’s a professor here at UCF,” says Andrew Boell, who plays the delivery man. “Right from the beginning of the rehearsal process we were constantly working at those accents.”

“It was a challenge but it was a great challenge.”

“Mastering the accent was challenging, because you think you know how to do it but it’s totally different from what you think it would be,” says Maggie Langlais, who plays the role of Frances Hunter. “I had to go home and do it over and over again. I bet by the end of this people will think I’m British.”

Terry Leach, a spectator in the audience who is from England, said that the cast did a magnificent job.

“Not only was it exceptionally believable but the pronunciation of the words were quite phenomenal.”

“No Sex Please, We’re British” is a tremendously pleasant show, relatable and easy to follow. Plus, it keeps the audience laughing nonstop.

“‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ is one of the best as far as genre,” said director Christopher Niess. “Within the show you will finds some influences from Benny Hill, ‘Cheers,’ ‘Frasier,’ and lots of classic 1970 British comedies. It doesn’t require any research because the situation unfolds right in front of you.”

Theatre UCF is on the UCF campus near the intersection of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail in east Orlando. The show runs from June 7 through the 17 in the Black Box Theatre.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. To purchase tickets or for ticket information call the box office at 407-823-1500.

Price: Standard $17, Senior $15, Student $10; Group discounts available.