Jeeves in Bloom sees Bertie and Jeeves traveling to the country to visit Aunt Dahlia, with Bertie's childhood chum Gussie in tow. The purpose of the visit is twofold: to aid Aunt Dahlia in a little problem she's having with her magazine Milady's Boudoir, and to play matchmaker between Gussie and his crush Madeline, who is Uncle Tom's niece and also visiting. As Gussie is more comfortable around his beloved newts than people, the latter proves to be a challenge, and upon Jeeves' advice a bit of Cyrano's tactics are employed, although it doesn't go well. Dahlia convinces Bertie to help her steal the family diamonds out of Tom's safe to bail our her magazine, which doesn't go well either as Tom is very suspicious and tends to wander the grounds at night with a rifle. And then there's the matter of the temperamental chef who quits in a huff. Through it all Jeeves remains entirely nonplussed, the calm rational one in the midst of the storm of crazy. And of course, he saves the day so that all ends well.
|John Adler as Jeeves|
(photo courtesy of Theatre in the Round)
Set in the early 1930s, the cast is dressed in lovely period costumes, and of course they dress for dinner. I was particularly enamored of all of Madeline's dresses. The in-the-round stage has been transformed into a charming English garden with flowers, statues, and delicate table and chairs on a brick floor. And because this is Theatre in the Round, you get to walk through the garden on your way to your set. Just don't touch! (Set and costume design by John A. Woskoff.)
You can catch Jeeves in Bloom at Theatre in the Round in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis through July 29, and watch for Jeeves Takes a Bow next summer. I will certainly be back for more of this charming, wacky, and very British comedy.