What setting is best to poke fun at other’s misfortunes? Why, a three course dinner party, of course!
Moira Buffini’s contemporary play, Dinner, is wickedly comedic as it is tragic. Centring around host Paige Janssen, the night is to celebrate her husband’s successful new pop-philosophy book being published, entitled Beyond Belief. Guests include an artist, a scientist, a journalist, a politician who cannot attend, and one uninvited stranger. The party is lead by Paige through a series of strange meals, with conversations turning uncomfortably personal. There seems to be no pleasant way this night can end. Continue reading Sharpen your knives for ‘Dinner’ @ Sydney Theatre Company→
American playwright Lisa D’Amour has described her play as being about ‘the opening up of the private self to the public self’.
This is a good ‘way in’ to appreciating this difficult, dense work if you decide to see DETROIT. The play’s biggest moments are when the characters unmask themselves from their public persona and reveal what is truly going on for them.
Two couples, Ben and Mary, and Sharon and Kenny, are living the American dream, setting up themselves in the new suburbia in downtown Detroit. The time period- circa the the nineteen sixties- signposted with the prevalence of Motown music in the soundscape. Continue reading Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit @ Eternity Playhouse→
David Gieselmann’s play, translated by David Tushingham and presented by Pantsguys, is absurdist black comedy at its best. It produces many laughs, numerous plot twists, some shocks and highlights some very unpleasant aspects of human behaviour.
A bored young couple, Sarah (Claire Lovering) and chaos researcher Ralf (Tim Reuben), invite Edith (Paige Gardiner) who works with Sarah and her architect husband Bastian (Garth Holcombe) for dinner and an evening of mind games and manipulation. They fail to provide dinner and order take away pizzas in one of the plays many clever comic moments.
Things take a dark turn when Sarah & Ralph claim they have killed their co-worker Mr Kolpert and put his body in a large trunk which features on the side of the stage. Did they really murder Mr Kolpert, or are they just carrying out a grim wind-up of their guests, especially Bastian, who comes to truly believe they are the callous murderers despite their urbane and witty chat?