Williamson's clever satire shines through in latest show
UNDER the shrewd direction of the very talented Joumana Jeffers, When Dad Married Fury showcases David Williamson's knack for writing clever satire.
The stripped-back, minimalist set in this production at the Pelican Playhouse allows that dialogue to shine and sparkle, a sign of respect to the playwright and a nod to the seasoned local thespians who were sequestered for this beautifully dry offering.
Much like the comedy, black was the dominant hue on stage, the backdrop draped and actors clad in it, as they delivered a fine interpretation of this contemporary study of the human psyche and all its nuances and foibles, amidst the global financial crisis.
Delivered through the eyes of one dysfunctional family's perspective, it reveals the personal fallout when money, love and other catastrophes collide.
There are plenty of Williamson's famous swipes and social commentary in this offering, the characters all offering those delicious flaws we all love to laugh at but deny possessing ourselves.
Kudos to the actors of this production for keeping the intense dialogue flowing without any noticeable hiccups, which is no easy feat when you are inhabiting one of Williamson's more verbose characters.
All-in-all it was one of the best all-star line-ups from both sides of the river seen in a long while. Bravo team Pelican.
- When Dad Married Fury continues this weekend at the Pelican Playhouse with performances on Friday and Saturday 7.30pm and a Sunday matinee finale at 2pm.
Check out photos of the cast and their pets during the rehearsals: