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Dark Vanilla Jungle @ The Old 505 Theatre

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Production photography by Daina Marie Photography

Andrea is stung by a wasp in the neck and her mother tells her this is the wasp’s way of telling her she loves her. This is an early drama in Andrea’s life and one of many lies that Andrea is told by her mother, by other relatives, by her friends and by her lovers.

Andrea, played brilliantly by Claudia Barrie, tells her story in a harshly lit cell to the two cameras that constantly monitor her. We very quickly pick up that Andrea is an excellent storyteller. Continue reading Dark Vanilla Jungle @ The Old 505 Theatre

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Karli Evans and Wade Doolan play two lost souls who make connection in the 30th anniversary year of John Patrick Shanley's classic play
Karli Evans and Wade Doolan play two lost souls who make connection in the 30th anniversary year of John Patrick Shanley’s classic play

Staging theatre in a pub is a good fit. Drama and bars complement each other well and the performance of John Patrick Shanley’s 30 year old New York play DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA in the Roxbury Hotel, St John’s Road, Glebe, works exceptionally well. The first act is set in a bar and initially the audience is not quite sure if Danny (excellent performance from Wade Doolan) is an actor or a drunken patron.

Danny’s banter with the play’s only other character, Roberta (skilfully realised by Karli Evans), soon assures us that is in fact theatre and we can enjoy the ebb and flow of the drama. The characters’ tones and attitudes oscillate between disinterest, antagonism, affection and amusement and following the variations in these states is very engrossing.

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