Left - Jessica Barnden. Cover - Jessica Barnden and Chris Asimos
Accidental Productions’ latest is a hot abstract tale of imaginary desert tales performed on a cold winter’s night in Adelaide.
The company has pulled off this offbeat tale with panache - for those who are turned on by the unorthodox.
Playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig has penned an intriguing flight of fancy and Joh Hartog has risen to the challenge by directing a strong cast at the Bakehouse Theatre.
Jessica Barnden has once again delivered a stellar performance as the fascinating Franziska, whose fascinating dream life holds little resemblance to her reality or does it?
Chris Asimos has pulled a genie out of the bottle with his role as the unsuspecting Karparti, who stumbles across the supine Franziska.
Brendan Rock is entertaining as the befuddled and bemused caretaker and Matthew Crook rises to the challenge as Kalil. But Alice Darling is a little remote rather than truly enraged as flatmate Fatima.
Each actor adeptly deals with the script’s quirky challenge of speaking both dialogue and their own thoughts almost simultaneously.
Nothing is straightforward in this twisting, turning tale. Reality and fantasy blur in a manner that is challenging, entrancing and disturbing. Arabian Night holds definite appeal for those who like to think outside the square.
by Roland Schimmelpfennig
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Preview: Friday July 31st
Dates: Saturday August 1 - August 15
Times: Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm
Tickets: Adult $22 Concession $18 Fringe Benefits $15
Bookings: (08) 8227 0505 or www.bakehousetheatre.com