When a much anticipated, professional production of a familiar and famous musical hits town, there is a buzz in the air, and the eager aficionados turn out in eager droves for the opening night.
The Ensemble Theatre’s intimate space is the perfect setting for this wonderful revival of a classic play, with a beautifully directed cast that simply couldn’t be better at delivering this enduringly funny and at times surprisingly moving material.
As a space that facilitated the military training of young men from the Footscray community who were then sent to faraway battlefields, The Drill now fills this space with contemporary circus, theatre and music. There is historical reimagining of the impact of their leaving, a reimagining through a feminine lens.
As a finale for MTC’s impressive 2019 season, Kiss of the Spider Woman has been an alluring, exciting and eagerly anticipated climax. And – I loved it.
Sylvia Cornes certainly looked the part of Rickie Lee Jones with a sheer black mesh dress, a top hat with feathers and bare feet.
Yes, the bodies you see are perfect specimens of sculptured sixpacks and biceps you could walk over and get at least 2000 steps in. But they are muscles moving bodies in marvellous ways. These boys can dance and every movement is potent.
With the world struggling to find a new norm in these ever-changing circumstances, never has the phrase “the show must go on” been more apparent.
This is a production of which any director, cast and theatre company should be proud.