Brother Daniel is captured looking away from us with a slight smile at some unseen event. His face is young, handsome, charismatic and his yellow scarf of freedom stands out against his khakis. The poster for BROTHER DANIEL introduces the man with whom we will spend the next two hours. But this is not the man we meet.
When this new work opens, the titular character is a broken thing. The iconographic photo of him as a revolutionary leader is there onstage, above the bible. It is at the bedside in the small hotel when a visitor is shown to her room but the real man is collapsed on the floor of the stark, bloody cell. He has been there since the audience began filtering into the small space. Continue reading Brother Daniel→
George Axlerod is a master playwright, and has created another screwball comedy play, as good as his play “The Seven Year Itch”.
Charlie Sorel isn’t the man he once was. Ever since he was shot by a jealous husband. Charlie can’t remember what happened, and finds himself returned as an attractive blond woman.
It seems that ‘someone up-there’ is determined that Charlie atones for his sins. But although Charlie has changed, he doesn’t understand what exactly his sins were, or how his punishment fits his crimes.
His best friend is staying at his house, as he puts Charlie’s affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie’s new plan to marry into money.
The original Broadway production of “Goodbye Charlie” written by George Axelrod opened at the Lyceum Theater on 16 December 1959 and ran for 109 performances starring Lauren Bacall.
Those who want to see a quintessential Sixties play, along with some rib-tickling one-liners, will be delighted with this play, now successfully localized to be set in Sydney in 2013.
Michela Carattini (‘Pride and Prejudice’) as Charlie Sorel and Vincent Andriano (‘Julius Caesar’) as George Tracy are simply sublime, have great chemistry, and their timing is just perfect. Rosemary Ghazi (‘The Vagina Monologues’) impressed as Rusty Mayerling.
Highly recommended and with a great surprise ending, GOODBYE CHARLIE, directed by Deborah Mulhall, is playing at the Star of the Sea Theatre, Cnr Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly until September 29, 2013. Session times:-Friday and Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.
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