A popular theory about the origins of the word “posh” suggest that the very upper crust of English society were given special privileges when traveling during the Victoria era. In order to avoid the blazing sun during the long sea voyages, only the most well-to-do would receive these prized lodgings – Port Out, Starboard Home. Therefore POSH would be stamped on their tickets in large violet letters.
Whatever the genesis of the word the sentiment remains the same and being posh indicates that you’re from a realm of society that need not follow conventional rules because money, influence and heritage makes that happen for you in order to keep your world in proper and posh order. That is until the real world pushes its way in.
In this U.S. premiere of “Posh” Steep Theatre Company once again brings British playwright, Laura Wade to their stage. “Posh” debuted to much acclaim at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2010, was remounted in 2012 in the West End, and Wade adapted her play for the screen in “Riot Club.” In 2008 Steep Theatre produced another of her plays, “Breathing Corpses,” which was one of the company’s bigger hits that year. They’ve stuck it rich again with this playwright as critics continue to rave about “Posh.”
Super-luminary artist and Steep ensemble member, Jonathan Berry returned to direct this production. Artistic Director Peter Moore says of the play, “With “Posh,” Laura Wade has created just the sort of charged atmosphere that plays so well in our cozy black box space. It’s timely, it’s tense, and it’s incredibly and uncomfortably funny.” “Posh” is a collision of two worlds where the privileged few will do whatever it takes to hold onto the posh status quo where they are the ruling class.
“Posh” runs at Steep Theatre through February 27th. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sunday matinee performances are scheduled for January 31st, February 7th, 14th, and 21st at 3pm. Reservations can be made by calling (773) 649-3186 or by visiting www.steeptheatre.com.