Fringe review: ‘Copping a Craigie,’ Freeline Productions, Orlando
By Elizabeth Maupin
You’re entering sitcom-land with Copping a Craigie, R.T. Robeson’s mild comedy about a slew of underemployed people who decide to make some bucks selling their sexual services on Craigslist. Last year Robeson’s Fringe entry was a gay-sex fantasy called Hooked; this year he sticks to the internet, but the result works better, even if all too often the play comes across as an episode of Three’s Company or Mork and Mindy Go Online.
This script still struggles with storytelling: I don’t know any grown men who talk to teddy bears, save Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, and Orlando’s Craigslist site must be pretty diminutive if the same half a dozen people keep meeting up there.
But director Laurel Clark has assembled an able cast, and one or two of the jokes hit hard (for locals, a reference to the Villages is snort-inducing). And the relatively colorless characters are enlivened greatly by Dave McConnell, whose clueless straight-boy-turned-gay-stud is consistently funny. If he’d just get rid of that bear …
Remaining shows: 9:20 p.m. Tuesday 5/25, 9:20 p.m. Wednesday 5/26, 7:10 p.m. Thursday 5/27, 11:05 p.m. Friday 5/28. Red venue.