A besuited skeleton of smirks, quirks, twitches and winks, Shepherd's creepy, stalky schtick and constant Machiavellian machinating as Michael Moon made him the perverse inverse of the affable larkiness
perpetually exhibited by his cousin Alfie (played by Shane Ritchie).
Underneath all larkiness
, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" makes interesting points about the challenges facing elderly people trying to cope in an adverse economic climate, and the globalization of service industries.
But 11th Time Lord Matt Smith - despite looking like an Easter Island statue sporting a Morrissey quiff - brought just the right mix of larkiness
and darkness to the role.
Edwards brings a double bill to Chester Gateway this weekend, linking Madame Galina - described as a rare and perfect synthesis between art and larkiness
and possibly the nearest thing to a drunken one-night stand with Tommy Cooper - with Anything for A Tenor.
Cue shootings, car chases and much larkiness
in a fast-paced if familiar Irish crime comedy.
Eclectic mix of pop and country tunes on soundtrack-- ranging from Rick Nelson's "Garden Party" to Stanton's rendition of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land"--enhances overall mood of free-form larkiness
It's Wilson's utter seriousness of demeanor, not to mention the barrel-deep voice and his rich blue robe, that threw the larkiness
into that much brighter relief, just as Ralph Fiennes -- prompting the best reviews he's had in any medium for some time now -- reportedly did on opening night the week before.