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A DELICATE BALANCE : MORE HARSH THAN DELICATE

This Albee play garnered Edward Albee the first of three Pulitzer Prize for Drama awards.

It isn’t long into this work that the delicate balance keeping the characters in a holding pattern totters over, and chaos and enmity ensue.

We are introduced first to Agnes and Tobias a middle-aged couple living in the suburbs. They have been long time married and  are reasonably comfortable with each other.  Agnes confides in Tobias her fear that she might lose her sanity and wonders whether he would be there for her if she did.

Next we are introduced to Agnes’ very difficult sister Claire who has been living with them for some time. Agnes and Tobias’ s frustration with Claire is that she won’t  be honest with herself. Even though she has been to countless AA meetings, she still tells them that she has control over her drinking and isn’t an alcoholic.  Meanwhile she takes another drink from their bar. Continue reading A DELICATE BALANCE : MORE HARSH THAN DELICATE

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES: COMIC FEMINIST ASSASSINATION AT LANE COVE THEATRE COMPANY

Lane Cove Theatre Company are running a fun show at the moment.  THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES is by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith and was a bit of a cause celebre when first produced in 2006 and it still manages to raise a few eyebrows with its blend of farce and feminism… and some every odd mansplaining.   And an hilarious first line.

Fictionarily referencing an incident when Germaine Greer was held at gun point by a student who claimed her life had been ruined by feminism, we first meet celebrity feminist author Margot Mason.  Margot is lying to her publisher, Theo, on the phone because she does not actually have any of her new book written.  There’s some serious writer’s block happening.  Molly arrives unknown and announced with a killer title for Margot’s new book.  Not long after, her daughter, Tess, will unceremoniously hurl herself through the French doors.  Following will be Tess’s husband, Bryan, and the taxi driver, Frank, who delivers the married couple at separate times.                         Continue reading THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES: COMIC FEMINIST ASSASSINATION AT LANE COVE THEATRE COMPANY