Review: Controlled Crying

Presented by  [email protected] Bakehouse

Reviewed Thursday 11 October 2012
Ron Elisha’s well-crafted drama provides a unique, fly-on-the-wall insight into parenting and all the dreams, troubles and fears that bubble beneath the surface.
Oscar and his mildly neurotic wife Libby are new parents. Through a series of vignettes spanning 25 years, we eavesdrop on their bedroom conversations brought on by milestones in the unseen child’s life: her first day at kindergarten, reaching puberty, her first night out in the car, boyfriends, and ultimately the birth of her own child to complete the circle.
Director Ellonye Keniry has come up trumps with what could have easily been little more than a wordy snooze-fest. The pace is good, the delivery naturalistic and the action satisfying.
Graham Self and Miranda Pike are a dream cast, drawing out the complexities of their characters with superb, controlled performances, although Pike’s projection is often lax.  
The bedroom set uses the confined space of the small stage well, and the montage of period music and newsy sound bites to transition each scene through time works effectively.
For parents and would-be parents, or anyone who simply wants to know how it’s done, Controlled Crying is a noteworthy study of  parenthood.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, Angas Street, Adelaide
Season: 11 – 27 October 2012 at 8pm
Duration: 110 mins plus an interval 
Tickets: $15-$22
Bookings: At the door or online

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