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Antigone by Jean Anouith @ The Pact Theatre

Ellen Williams and Neil ModraETheatre Excentrique: Antigone by Jean Anouith
Ellen Williams and Neil ModraETheatre Excentrique: Antigone by Jean Anouith

My friend has two sisters and I only have a brother. Familial practices, allegiances and secrets lie at the dichotomous heart of Theatre Excentrique’s ANTIGONE. A modern audience does not bear the weight of Antigone’s terrible ancestral turmoil but this sparse, drum punctuated production encourages each responder to bring their own sibling background to the interpretation.

On the surface, Antigone appears to be driven by a spiritual imperative to ease the wandered suffering of her dead brother’s soul but politics and power are encountered first in the domestic setting. My friend and I saw different shows. Both engaging, then absorbing, then intriguing: but different. We never really recover from family. Continue reading Antigone by Jean Anouith @ The Pact Theatre

BOOK OF DAYS

cast of book of days  photo bob seary
Things get very heated in Langford Wilson’s BOOK OF DAYS. Pic Bob Seary

Budding thespian book keeper, Ruth Hoch (Kate Fraser), is between Jesus freaks and a cheeses freak as she prepares to play Joan of Arc in Langford Wilson’s BOOK OF DAYS.

Similarly structured to Thornton Wilder’s celebrated stage play, Our Town, BOOK OF DAYS is a play within a play as the local theatre of Dublin, Missouri, prepares to mount a production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan under the direction of two time Tony nominee, Boyd Middleton (Geoff Sirmai).

Ruth’s unorthodox Shakespearean audition lands her the Shavian role, the director taken with her forthright focus. It’s art imitating art in this instance as the actress playing the actress, Kate Fraser, fires this production with that same forthright focus.

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STOP KISS

A delicate dance is played out in Diana Son's STOP KISS. Pic Xavier Mansfield
A delicate dance is played out in Diana Son’s STOP KISS. Pic Xavier Mansfield

How good was that! As I was making my way out of the ATYP’s Studio 1 Theatre, this was my immediate and emphatic response to the ATYP’s current production, Anthony Skuse’s Australian premiere production of New York playwright Diana Son’s 1998 play STOP KISS.

From every angle one looks at, this show succeeds. The play is a wonderful piece of writing with intersecting storylines meeting to maximum impact.

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