Lane Cove Theatre Company are running a fun show at the moment. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES is by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith and was a bit of a cause celebre when first produced in 2006 and it still manages to raise a few eyebrows with its blend of farce and feminism… and some every odd mansplaining. And an hilarious first line.
Fictionarily referencing an incident when Germaine Greer was held at gun point by a student who claimed her life had been ruined by feminism, we first meet celebrity feminist author Margot Mason. Margot is lying to her publisher, Theo, on the phone because she does not actually have any of her new book written. There’s some serious writer’s block happening. Molly arrives unknown and announced with a killer title for Margot’s new book. Not long after, her daughter, Tess, will unceremoniously hurl herself through the French doors. Following will be Tess’s husband, Bryan, and the taxi driver, Frank, who delivers the married couple at separate times. Continue reading THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES: COMIC FEMINIST ASSASSINATION AT LANE COVE THEATRE COMPANY→
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER is part romantic comedy and part Comedy of Manners by the Anglo-Irish author Oliver Goldsmith, first performed in London in 1773. It was originally called Mistakes of a Night, for its rather convoluted plot unravels in the course of just one night. Director Peter Farmer brings a light touch, full of charm and heaps of humour to Lane Cove Theatre Company’s production. The play is based on practical jokes, mistaken identities, “stolen” jewellery and miscommunication portraying country manners against city snobbery. Continue reading SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER – PLOT TWISTS AND TURNS→
There are naughty laughs aplenty when Lane Cove Theatre Co brings Sydney the classic bawdy romp, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUERby Sir Oliver Goldsmith.
When Marlow mistakes Kate’s house for an inn and treats her father like an inn-keeper, things don’t go so well for him. With her brother causing mischief, her father insulted and her mother plotting a marriage that nobody wants, it’s no wonder Kate has to stoop to conquer!
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER belongs to that small group of classic English comedies which not only never go out of fashion, but never fail to delight. Directed by Peter Farmer (Away, The 39 Steps, Shadowlands, Charley’s Aunt), this production is a true delight: a sweet concoction of Goldsmith’s sly language and lovable characters. It’s also a rarity: a comedy that – like Shakespeare’s – has withstood the test of time!Continue reading LANE COVE THEATRE COMPANY: BRINGING THE NAUGHTY→
VICKI is playing a short season at Lane Cove Theatre Company. It’s a new work, a musical, home grown and it’s great fun as only community theatre can be. As I left the hall tonight I was hearing people who had enjoyed themselves, chatting about the show and even beginning the conversation about some of the ideas that the production had thrown their way. No wonder either, because that last song, a reprise, with the four cast members singing together is a ripper and a great way to finish the night. Continue reading VICKI FROM LANE COVE THEATRE CO→
This stage musical play, has a great script and heart-warming story about a dysfunctional family and the inadvertent discovery of torch-songs singer LV by little known agent RAY SAY. The show’s many songs will touch your heart, bring a smile to your lips, and perhaps some tears too.
Some of you may have seen the excellent and well-cast, but non-musical, cinema movie that was based on the musical play of “Little Voice” (1998) and starred Jane Horrocks (LV), Michael Caine (Ray Say) and Ewan McGregor (Billy).