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ALL MY SONS

Meredith Penman, Marshall Napier and Andrew Henry in ALL MY SONS
Meredith Penman, Marshall Napier and Andrew Henry in ALL MY SONS

The Darlinghurst Theatre Company has made an impressive start  in its new venue, the Eternity Playhouse, with Iain Sinclair’s strong production of Arthur Miller’s classic play ALL MY SONS (1947).

This was an intense night in the theatre, more than apt for this venue which used to be a devout Baptist church where no doubt more than a few fire and brimstone speeches were delivered.

All the main characters in this sweeping Miller drama are in a fighting, uncompromising mood. Gutsy performances were required from the cast and delivered. all the leading players have their big scene to show off their wares.

As the parents, desperate to keep their family together, Marshall Napier as Joe and  Toni Scanlan as Kate give memorable performances. Joe has spent time in prison, and will do anything to not go back. Their son Larry went missing three years ago in action in plane during the War, and Kate still believes that he is about to come in through the front door.

Andrew Henry as their other son Chris and Meredith Penman as Larry’s wife Anne want to make a life together, against Kate’s wishes. And against  Anne’s brother, George, played by Anthony Gooley, who returns to his old home town to take Anne back.

Iain Sinclair plays the part of family neighbour, Doc Jim Bayliss, as well as helming the production. Mary Rachel Brown  plays his insecure wife, Sue. Robin Goldsworthy and Briallen Clarke play the other neighbour couple, Frank and Lydia Lubey and Angus Moore plays Bert.

As Arthur Miller asserted in one of his other great plays, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, attention has to be paid to these characters as they fight like hell to get what their needs met.

Sinclair’s staging is  excellent and he recreates the late 1940’s time period well, in both the set and costumes. As per Miller’s original design, the audience enters the theatre greeted with a fallen tree, the result of an over-night storm, and bearing ill-portents of what is to come. Nate Edmondson’s subtle music score works well as does Nicholas Rayment’s lighting design.

Recommended, Iain Sinclair’s revival of ALL MY SONS plays the Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst until Sunday December 1, 2013.

 

 

 

 

ALL MY SONS

ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE Cross Section ec) TZG
The stunning architecture of the ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE- Cross Section (c) TZG

Announced earlier this year, Darlinghurst Theatre Company will open Eternity Playhouse with Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS, which will preview from November 1, and open on November 5.

We used to celebrate Guy Fawkes on that date and hopefully the date will auger well with a cracker show full of theatrical fireworks.

The choice of an American play to open a new venue by Darlinghurst Theatre Company follows the precedence set at their inaugural space in Greenknowe Avenue, where they premiered The Woolgatherer, a fairly ordinary play and a fairly ordinary production.

Fortunately the space played host to a number of home grown pieces, most notably Christopher Johnson’s works, one of which, The Young Tycoons, is being resurrected.

The 2014 season kicks off with the Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos, perfectly timed to open around Mardi Gras. Wickedly funny lyrics accompany a live piano score in this quirky yet tender tale about family, growing up and what it means to be a man.

The impressive line-up continues with the fiercely satirical The Gigli Concert, the wickedly subversive comedy The Young Tycoons, the new Australian play Every Second by Vanessa Bates, Nick Payne’s West End hit Constellations, the return of the sell-out 2013 hit The Motherf**ker with the Hat and rounding off the season is the deliciously fast-paced comedy about love, loneliness, food and friendship, Nick Enright’s Daylight Saving.

The Eternity Playhouse is set to become a prominent and iconic theatre destination in Sydney. With its stunning architecture, brand new state-of the-art facilities and iconic place in Sydney’s history, the repurposed Burton Street Tabernacle will be a very special place to see live theatre.