Accidental Productions is once again pitch perfect in its choice and execution of a fresh, fast-paced and funny play with its latest Boys’ Life.
Playwright Howard Korder earned a Pulitzer-Prize nomination for Boys’ Life after its debut in 1988. The script about boys struggling to become men is still as relevant today.
Director Dee Easton has kept the 1980s setting for the story of three 20 year old males. The characters’ battle to integrate self-acceptance with societal expectations works in any setting.
The testosterone is palpable as three young blokes gather for a boys’ night in. What follows the initial macho bonding rituals is a series of scenes softened by the presence of women. Masculine meets feminine and these sharply-defined scenes are universally recognizable.
Chris Asimos shines as Jack, the cynical leader of the pack. Asimos is a strong presence, cleverly portraying a vulnerability that is permanently locked behind bad-mouthing jeers and a barrage of bad boy behaviour. Asimos’ Jack is both funny and likeable, despite some appalling character flaws.
Matthew Crook is equally adept as the perplexed Phil. With Crook’s deft hand Phil is sympathetic, amusing and ultimately satisfying.
David Hirst gives a fine performance as the disoriented Don, who has divided loyalties between the bonds of mateship and the newfound chains of love.
The women also shine in this production with Emily McMahon depicting a full range of emotions as Lisa, Sarah Hone delighting as the mischievous Maggie and Caitlin McCreanor quickly establishing a strong presence as both Karen and Carla.
The script is strong, but the director and cast have also displayed true finesse in establishing endearingly flawed characters and amazing synergy between each couple in short, savvy scenes.
This is an hour and a half of pertinent, fresh and insightful theatre.
Accidental Productions resents
by Howard Korder
Directed by Dee Easton
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre | 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Dates: 25 Sep 2009 - 10 Oct 2009
Tickets: Adults $22/Conc$18/Fringe Benefits $15/Groups of ten or more $15/Drama Students $12.50
Duration: 1hour 40 mins - no interval
Bookings: (08) 8227 0505 | www.bakehousetheatre.com