Butterflies are Free

Presented by St Jude’s Players
Reviewed Friday 3 August 2012

Butterflies are free and, so too, are the two main characters of Leonard Gershe’s gentle comedy-drama, or so they think.

Don Baker (Robert Bell) is blind. He’s living independently. He is calm, insightful and escaping his domineering mother. His neighbour, Jill (Charlotte Batty) is a party girl and hippy, flitting through life with a carefree attitude. Within each other they discover the missing pieces of their own lives.

The play is set in 1969 and director John Graham has captured the era nicely with a marvellous cast, great pace, and ample emotional depth bubbling away beneath the comedy.

The two solid leads are easily matched by Lindy LeCornu as the dry, domineering mother, with Anthony Vawser giving a brief cameo late in the play.

Normajeane Ohlsson’s grotty set of a small New York apartment is well realised, as are Judy Menz's unobtrusive costumes.

This is a great little piece that cleverly reveals that a person’s motivations aren’t always as obvious as we assume.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.

St Jude's Players website

Venue: St Jude’s Hall, 444 Brighton Road, Brighton
Season: 2-11 August 2012
Duration: 2 hours
Tickets: $7-$19
Bookings: Phone 8270 4205, between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

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