Friday, August 3, 2012

Theatre: The Cat in the Box

by Vivienne Glance
directed by Mark Barford
With James Helm, Summer Williams, Anna Brockway and Kingsley Judd
Blue Room Theatre
31 July – 18 August

James Helm and Summer Williams
Vivienne Glance’s little absurdist thriller The Cat in the Box has its roots very squarely in the 1970s, but that doesn’t make it less entertaining or provocative.
The set-up is familiar territory – four very different people find themselves locked in a room with no way of escape and precious little to survive on. How they survive, and how the political microcosm in the room forms and plays out, is the stuff of the play.
There’s nothing particularly innovative or radical about Glance’s ideas – we’ve seen them before, but they are refreshed by the quality of her writing, which is sharp, funny and rarely portentous.
There’s nothing in The Cat in the Box to change the world, but as an entertainment, and a theatrical undertaking, it has much to recommend it.

Link here to the complete review in The West Australian

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