Presented by Human Sacrifice Theatre, under the direction of Matt Scholten, the piece is performed with energy, an obvious passion for the text and a high level of credibility.
Mark Diaco was absolutely outstanding in his role as Ricky Roma, the articulate, manipulative, young gun salesman, from his first monologue, which meandered deliciously ultimately seducing an unsuspecting ‘Average Joe’ into buying a piece of land, to his final ‘fxxx you!’ Mark was controlled, believable and portrayed a masked desperation which felt hauntingly real.
Mark was ably accompanied by a strong cast, not only well-suited physically and stylistically to their roles, but also possessing the talent to draw the audience into the story and world of these characters, allow us to feel their struggle of survival and keep us guessing how their fates will unfold right up until the final bow.
Lee Mason, Colin MacPherson, Kevin Summers, Justin Hosking, Justin Batchelor and Greg Pandelidis were consistent, dynamic and all beautifully distinguishable.
Matt Scholten was clever in keeping the design minimal and letting the talent do the talking. It was hard to notice the intricacy of the direction, which is always the sign of a good director. The audience was gripped throughout, demonstrating Matt’s great eye for the drama and controlling where it rose and fell.
Human Sacrifice Theatre is a company with an impressive history, a successful present and an exciting future. They choose texts which are intelligent, relevant and perfectly suited to their style and talent. They work with strong directors, keep their shows simple in terms of design and presentation and focus on great acting and good storytelling to entertain and excite their audiences. Their last show, Mojo, directed by Terence O’Connell was equally startling. I look forward to following their progress as they continue to build their audience base and become a more established entity within the local and national independent theatre scene.
Human Sacrifice Theatre presents
Glengarry Glen Ross
by David Mamet
Venue: Chapel Off Chapel | 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran (Melways: Map 2L Ref J10)
Dates: 29 November –16 December
Preview: Thurs 29 November 8pm
Times: Thurs – Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm
Tickets: $26 Full, $22 Concession, $18 Preview
Bookings: 03 8290 7000
**Glengarry Glen Ross contains coarse language and smoking on stage