Design For Living
10:12 PM - 29/10/2013
Of course this is getting rave reviews - it's well done, easy, mildly entertaining, oh yeah, and totally forgettable. Guys, I'd be disturbed to be getting good reviews from The Australian and Courier Mail. Watching this, you'd be forgiven for thinking that most of the last 100 odd years of theatre history just never happened - no Beckett, no Grotowski, no Artaud, no Jarry, etc. Instead we get Noel Coward comedies, produced straight down the line. In fairness there is nothing whatsoever wrong with the production - in fact it's very well done...just that this play should never be performed again, anywhere, ever. It's essentially dull, the characters are mildly annoying (just mildly of course), the text is witty and shallow. It's also a mistake to produce it in three acts (with two intermissions) - following a strong second act, the third just falls away meekly. No question, though, the acting is strong, and Wesley Enoch and crew do a fine job of it. But the Playhouse was nowhere near full, and that was on a Saturday night. So, crank up the 'Rave Reviews' and get those punters in! You'll have an entertaining time, and be about as challenged as you deserve to be here in Sunny BrisVegas. If you're listening at QTC, it's most appropriate that this stuff is playing in such close proximity to our famous landmark fake beach.