Author: Rebecca Cohen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/19/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance
A Treading the Boards Novella
Andy Marshall moves to London looking for a fresh start after breaking up with his long-term boyfriend. To stave off boredom from his day job as an accountant and to meet new people, Andy joins a local amateur dramatics society called the Sarky Players based in Greenwich, South London. Despite his best efforts to avoid it, Andy is cast as one of the leads in a truly dreadful play called Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers, written by a local playwright.
The play might be bad, but the Sarky Players are a friendly bunch. Andy quickly makes new friends and finds himself attracted to Phil Cormack, a local artist helping with the props. But life doesn’t run to a script, so Andy and Phil will have to work hard to improvise their own happy ending.
Overly Dramatic by Rebecca Cohen is the first in her Treading the Boards series of novellas.
Andy Marshall is straight out of four year relationship and looking for a fresh start. Moving to Greenwich and looking to meet people Andy decides to try out the local amateur dramatics group, The Sarky Players. Andy’s interest is piqued when he sees a flyer advertising their latest production, Cold Comfort Farm, the only problem is that’s not the play they plan to perform, that was last years, instead Andy finds himself cast as the Vicar in a comedy production, Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers. The play is truly awful, involving stolen brandy, runaway goats, and a Marilyn Monroe moment for the vicar and his cassock, but it’s redeemed by the dishy props man Phil Cormack. Phil is also just out of a long term relationship and right now a new one is the last thing he is looking for. As as Andy and Phil become friends could something more be in the works after all? That is assuming they both survive the play.
I actually liked the play. The one liners were good and I loved all the opportunities it gave for a comedy of errors. I also enjoyed the behind the scenes antics and I loved Ussie, Andy’s new elderly neighbor who turns out to have actually written the play, but Overly Dramatic just never quite hit the spot for me. It’s a nice enough story and quite funny in places but I just couldn’t get invested in Andy and Phil. I do thinks it’s much more a me than the story to be honest as I’m not really one for contemporary boy meets boy stories, I like some angst to sweeten the plot and there isn’t any in Overly Dramatic. Phil and Andy’s relationship does have a rocky beginning but one that’s easily sorted and for me the best bit about the story was really the play, and as much as I don’t do comedy I bet it would be great performance to watch.
Overly Dramatic is a nice enough story with an amusing and quite original story line I just would have preferred something perhaps a bit longer and more fleshed out.
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