Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE is a fascinating exercise in reinventing a classic and if the production playing as part of the Sydney Fringe is an imperfect rendering, it is nevertheless a watchable evening for both a Strinbergian like myself or like my friend, someone without the preconceptions of the initiated. Presented in the close confines of The Sandstone Cottage in busy, noisy Spice Alley there is much to be said for being so near to the performers. SPea Productions have taken this proximity seriously in their preparations and there is considerable charm and attraction in the period features of the show. Continue reading AFTER MISS JULIE: A STYLISHLY PRESENTED PERIOD PIECE→
Mutual mastication of Steven Berkoff’s limber lines by four performers make a meal of LUNCH, part of a two course late night fare accompanied by Andrew Bovell’s LIKE WHISKEY ON THE BREATH OF A DRUNK YOU LOVE at The Old Fitzroy.
The prologue that lead to Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues and the subsequent celebrated film, Lantana, LIKE WHISKEY ON THE BREATH OF A DRUNK YOU LOVE is the evening’s appetizer and intertwines two scenes of betrayal and seduction.
Two couples, unbeknownst to each other, both alike in infidelity, each others partner out on the tear looking for rhythmic couplings, one partner finding the others, and vice versa, creates the interlocution that precedes intercourse. The doubt, the guilt, the frisson of the forbidden, the vice like grip of vice, explored in pungent, pacey jigsaw puzzle dialogue.
From Bovell to bovver boy Berkoff, the second course is a lithe and limber lewd show with all the pyrotechnic theatrical poetics the East End Bard has built his reputation on.
Lunch and lust are near neighbours in the lexicon, both are about appetite and hunger, and Berkoff playfully merges them into a ribald romp. There’s even a bit of audience participation but nothing to knot your knickers in anticipation.
Presented by new Indie outfit, Golden Jam, and directed by Sean O’Riordan, this double bill boasts a talented line up including recent Australian College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) graduates Natalie Freeman and Nicola James alongside Edric Hong and Yannick Lawry.
LIKE WHISKEY ON THE BREATH OF A DRUNK YOU LOVE and LUNCH sadly played the Old Fitz for too short a time, playing between the 21st and 25th July.
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