A Bunch of Amateurs Reviews
This is classic Brit-com (with a big emotional heart) at it?s best? think Notting Hill, Calender Girls etc. Thrown into the world of amateur theatre land in the back of beyond Jefferson Steele (Reynolds) plays LA Prima Donna to perfection, cool, subtle and very funny?. Almost blown off the screen by the fab Imelda Staunton as Mary, oozing lust and longing as his landlady and Samantha Bond as director Dorothy?. Derek Jacobi playing posh pompous as usual, I Claudius in a tweed toga. Every theatrical cliché ever coined is shamelessly and joyfully recruited and relished by this great cast.
Struggling to gain the respect of his daughter, sacked from the play after being wrongly accused of shagging the sponsors wife, Jefferson leaves ?Stratford? in his Winnebago (converted library van) pursued by Dorothy? and all the while the sentiments from Lear are played out .. ?a man more sinned against than sinner??. Anyway, all?s well that ends well? Jeff is a hero and a star, reconciliation, chorus of approval??? We all go home happy and warm???Showbiz J