Reviewed by David Smith
Director David Underwood and his well-chosen cast has added to the growing canon of worthy Barossa Players' productions with this searching and provocative play.
David Williamson wrote some humour into the piece, and many of the audience found quite a lot to laugh at, possibly even more than the writer had intended. However, the underlying themes are most serious: sexual harassment at work and in the home, strength and vulnerability, and of course the consequences of telling the truth and lying.
This production successfully brought all those out. The spare set with a mottled backdrop, a desk and a few chairs brought the characters and their interaction to the fore. Each of them evoked empathy from the audience, even the least pleasant of them, chiefly Gary and Susy. The former was played by the accomplished Spencer Scholz who was very strong in the role, convincingly wheedling, bullying and blustering his way through the conflicts, while newcomer Nicole King had a natural confidence as Susy, the 'brilliant liar', readily manipulated those around her.
Kasia Culbertson was a most effective Katy, Susy's sister, Nicolaas Voorendt evoked both sympathy and unease as Brian, their father. As their brother Paul, Giles Bartram provided a narrowly Christian contrast. Martin Bailey convinced as Vince, the aging, fading business owner and Di Bills was perfect as Marion, the mediator, striking just the right quasi-judicial tone and delivering Williamson's words with calm precision.
This was a piece of good quality theatre which maintained and enhanced the Barossa Players' growing reputation.