CORPSE – Therry Damatic Society

CORPSE – Therry Damatic Society

Reviewed by Fran Edwards

November 2013

Therry chooses good scripts and this one is no exception! This comedy thriller by actor Gerald Moon has been performed on the West end and Broadway because it is so well written and clever. Written in the early 80’s it is set in 1936, very  specifically, the night the uncrowned King abdicated. Moon wrote other scripts but none achieved the success of “Corpse”.

This production handled the difficulties presented by this script really well, including cooking on stage. The well designed set worked well, although I would have liked to see more evidence of wealth in Rupert’s flat to increase the contrast in the brothers’ circumstances. It looked a little minimalist and modern.

Adam Tuominen does really well as the twins, Evelyn and Rupert Farrant, his two characters are well defined and the audience is in no doubt about which brother they are viewing. Peter Davies does an exceptional job as Major Ambrose Powell. Powell is so easy to overplay and make a caricature and Davies resisted the temptation. Sue Wylie as Mrs McGee and Simon Lacione as Hawkins were good, with Wylie providing many laughs, but the stage belonged to Tuominen and Davies, who work very well together.

Marie Dineen gave us costumes that look authentic and Norman Caddick‘s direction kept the pace up with smooth and minimal set changes.

Whether you enjoy comedy or a mystery this is probably a good night out!

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Fran Edwards
Fran Edwards
Involved in theatre since the mid 70’s. Acting, directing, costume design, back stage and more recently reviewer. Fran has experience in most aspects of theatre and an interest in Youth Theatre. Fran was a former TASA president (12yrs) has been a reviewer for 14 years.

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