THE SHAPE OF THINGS by Neil LaBute is a modern classic. It is on the HSC syllabus, was made into a successful film in 2003 and was most recently revived in London in 2013. The current JST production, as part of the Sydney Fringe, is not intimated by the play’s pedigree. This is a back to basics production which takes a closer look at the personal dynamics and cruelties at the heart of the piece in an entertaining and engaging way.
Adam and Evelyn meet in tricky circumstances in a small college town museum. She, a visual arts student, objects to the figleaf over the ‘grapes’ of a classic statue. He, a part-time security guard and English major, approaches her with concern about the spray can she has in her hand. She is caustic and opinionated; he is diffident and somewhat blank. Continue reading THE SHAPE OF THINGS @ KINGS CROSS HOTEL→
IT’S BEEN A WHILE is the latest production from Smoking Gum Theatre (producer Eunice Huang) and the first full length play, running at about an hour, by Jordy Shea.
Five friends take a holiday to Kiama to celebrate new beginnings and finishing high school. Tragedy strikes the group when one of them is found dead after a night of heavy partying & the group must deal with painful memories as they look into that fateful night seven years later. It is a play about friendship, loyalty, guilt and trying to make sense of the past.
Directed by Lucinda Vitek with lighting by Chrys Chandra and sound design by Olga Solar, the plot is gradually revealed in a series short scenes and flashbacks. The audience is kept guessing as to the whole truth right up until the end.
Brave New Word Theatre Company continues to produce fresh and new Australian plays with its latest show DANCING NAKED IN THE BACKYARD.
Written by C.J. Naylor, the script, as with previous shows, was experimented and improvised on by Naylor and the actors, with director Travis Kecek then preparing the final shape of the play. This process gives the cast and crew a deeper connection to their theatre piece.
Artistic director Luke Holmes says, “There are plays I love, there are roles I’d give almost anything to play…but there’s nothing quite like working on something completely new, and watching it change, evolve and finally be staged.”