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Few television adaptations have achieved the tonal perfection of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry’s Jeeves and Wooster, a British series that cast a long shadow over subsequent treatments of P.G. Wodehouse’s comic tales. With What Ho, Jeeves!, Lumina Studio Theatre finds a promising solution: Focus on the bloody songs. Throughout this take on Wodehouse’s snappiest episodes of clueless-aristo-saved-by-ingenious-valet, the narration putters along to a piano and deft catalog of period songs—an estimable backbeat for mannered farces involving the most pungent pantheon of names since Dickens: Bertie’s nemesis Roderick Glossop, his occasional sidekicks Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright and Gussie Fink-Nottle, and of course Madeleine Bassett, the hangdog-faced woman after his hand in marriage. The Jeeves ex machina endings rarely fail to satisfy.
THE MUSICAL RUNS JAN. 29 TO 31 AT ROUND HOUSE THEATRE, 8641 COLESVILLE ROAD, SILVER SPRING. $8–$15. (800) 838-3006.