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“It’s a travesty, mate.” This is Keith’s assessment of the refurbishment of The Gleneagles Hotel, Dulwich Hill that takes place in local playwright Richie Black’s promising new play The Local. “Schnitzel parma is now $23 and sweet potato wedges are offered instead of chips. ” The obnoxious Keith (Steve Maresca) is complaining to his brother and cricket captain Ben (Jamie Collette).
The rooftop bar, yummy cocktails and VIP area infuriate the volatile Keith. Jamie Collett’s Ben, in a more nuanced performance, is more accepting of the gentrification of their local pub and the influx of the private school crowd.
Keith and Ben are in the pub after a game of cricket and Richie Black’s text is littered with wise and humorous cricket references and metaphors. There are also many amusing references to celebrities and Sydney landmarks such as Richard Wilkins, Ivan Milat and The Ivy. Continue reading RICHIE BLACK’S THE LOCAL @ EXCHANGE HOTEL BALMAIN→
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