Almost An Evening is an apt title for three short satiric plays that almost get it right in the Stables behind the Stag Hotel at Adelaide’s Fringe.
Accidental Productions presents the trio all written by the infamous Ethan Coen, who wrote “Fargo”, “Burn After Reading” and “No Country for Old Men”.
The threesome is indeed a mixed bad. The theme for all three plays is Hell – on earth and in the hereafter.
First off the mark is an absurd play called “Waiting” in which a man appears to be waiting between heaven and hell. While initially intriguing the premise is not enough to sustain interest. Not even the excellent acting skills of Mark Fantasia, Renee Gentle and Alex Vickery-Howe are enough to pull this one off.
Next is “Four Benches” an entertaining but unbelievable play about one man’s crisis of conscience. Kurt Murray is convincing as One whose faith in his work crumbles after a crisis, but overall this plays fails to engage.
It is left to the skills of Director Joh Hartog to pull a rabbit out of the hat with the final play called “The Debate” – a hilarious debate between God who Judges (Tim Overton) and God who Loves (Alex-Vickery-Howe).
This play has many clever twists and turns, and is satire at its best. Overton and Vickery-Howe excel at tongue-in-cheek humour, giving fine performances as the two Gods. Mel Matheson and Jesse Butler are delightful as the young woman and young man, whose post-debate dinnertime discussion quickly escalates into an emotional fight.
It is in the final play that the originality and appealing wit of Ethan Coen is able to shine.
Accidental Productions presents
Almost an Evening
by Ethan Coen
Directors Dee Easton, Mark Fantasia & Joh Hartog
Venue: The Stables | 28 Vardon Avenue (Behind The Stag Hotel) Adelaide
Dates/Times: Sat 20th - Sun 21st, Tues 23rd - Sun 28th, Tues 9th - Wed 10th @ 9pm
Tickets: Adult $18, Concession $15, FringeBenefits $14
Bookings: Fringetix 1300 347 643 or purchase tickets at the door