Reviewed by Dave Smith
When the curtain opened on the box set of a traditional salon in a stately mansion, it made a most impressive start to this Therry production. The set was authentic and detailed and perfectly established the mood. Director Kerrin White presented a solid cast with good individual and ensemble skills, capable of the required range of moods in this well-known piece.
Critical to the story of her on again – off again wedding are the conflicting feelings of Tracy Lord, sensitively played by Lauren Renee. She managed to traverse the breadth of Tracy’s feelings from supreme confidence to acute self-doubt, handling the role of leading lady with aplomb.
Aaron MacDonald had some wonderful moments as Tracy’s ex-husband, Dexter. He was in turns archly cynical and genuinely committed to her needs. Brad Martin cut a suitably stiff and dashing figure as Tracy’s intended, the self-made George, while James Whitrow showed Mike developing along with the emergence of the more agreeable side of his role.
Ron Densley was an urbane and conniving Sandy, John Leigh Gray charmed everyone as Uncle Willie, and Zoe Dibb and Celine O’Leary held their own as Liz the photographer and Margaret Lord. Henny Walters had a convincingly natural style as Tracy’s young sister Dinah. She had some of the play’s best lines, and delivered them with surety.
While the tension and more obvious humour were well developed, some of the subtler moments weren’t as successful. The farcical elements worked well, as did the establishment of the aura of American privilege.