Think of a Neil Simon play's energy ("The Odd Couple"), the ribald French movie "Les Cage Aux Folles," and the eclectic characters from television's "Carol Burnett Show." Put them into a blender, place the lid on (making sure the rubber gasket seal is secured) and push "puree." Mix for a few seconds, remove the lid and pour out "Love, Sex and the IRS."
I have watched the play staged with a living-room set and once with a black-curtain backdrop with furniture strategically placed between the different entry points. The play remains the same: Fast-paced and witty. With characters bouncing in and out of the scenes, it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The plot centers on John and Leslie, two guys sharing a New York City flat. To save money, John does their taxes, claiming they are married. Of course, they get audited, but instead of coming clean, Leslie dresses up as a woman in an attempt to fool the IRS auditor.
Complications ensue when John's mother drops in on the heels of the auditor to help plan his upcoming wedding with Kate, who is also dating Leslie. Then Kate shows up unannounced, and a bit later Leslie's girlfriend arrives, wondering why he hasn't called.
Just put on the seatbelt and hang on for the ride.
See "Love, Sex and the IRS" at the Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black Street, Brandon) from June 2 through June 5. For curtain times and ticket prices, call 601-825-1293 or visit http://blackrosetheatrecompany.blogspot.com.