“I’ve loved to put people in the same room who are obliged to be together, but shouldn’t be together and don’t want to be together”, wrote David Williamson in his program notes for ‘FAMILY VALUES’, adding, “Humans being humans, this inevitably results in drama and comedy.”
This has been Williamson’s recipe for success over 50 years as a playwright, ‘FAMILY VALUES’ being one of his most enjoyable. This play, Williamson says, will be his last, along with, ‘Crunch Time’, which will play at the Ensemble Theatre in February.
Compliant and conservative retired judge, Roger (Andrew McFarlane), is turning 70. He and wife Sue (Belinda Giblin), have decided to throw a party and invite immediate family members. Roger grapples with his party balloons blowing and tying them up in nervous anticipation of the chaos about to unfold. All he wants is to reminisce. Sue keeps him in line, totally in control. She has spent time as a social worker, thus experiencing a very different view of the world than her husband. A more empathetic one.Continue reading FAMILY VALUES @ THE STABLES THEATRE→
Australian playwright Ross Mueller has crafted this play-on commission- after going through the State Library’s very significant collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters. That is one helluva a brief!
I have just come home from seeing Switzerland. Joanne Murray Smith’s play is is as exotic, breath-taking and at times frosty as the great European tourist destination.
This latest work is a bold, inspired flight of the imagination. A great fan of American mystery writer Patricia Highsmith’s work, Murray-Smith has written a play in her style and included her as the central character.
A masterful choice, as Highsmith makes for a great dramatic character. She was a very cantankerous, eccentric even bizarre woman who you can’t help but be drawn to. Continue reading Switzerland→
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