Presented by [email protected] Bakehouse
The age-old adage comes to life in Rita Papillo's mildly amusing comedy-fantasy where three self-involved clients reveal their personal lives to a masseuse while taunted invisibly by two playful spirits that live within the walls.
The straight forward plot is an examination of how one's own perception of a situation can appear so vastly different from the outside and, while it is quickly predictable, director Lisa Waite keeps the action well-paced and interesting, with a talented ensemble that brings out the comical elements nicely.
Robyn Gough is the masseuse, whose own personal troubles go unheard until the inevitable explosion brought on by the antics of the others. While her projection is poor, Gough is delightful to watch as each attempt to converse with a client falls into the same pattern of small talk and playing counsellor.
Andrew Crupi and Lotte Crawford are the sprites, both energetic and cruel in their observations of people's misfortunes; Chris Roberts, Lucy Slattery and the magnificent Katie O'Reilly are the clients.
There are plenty of chuckles to be had where there should be laughs, but the farcical plot fails to build to a satisfying climax. With a bit more development, Papillo's script has the potential to be something greater than it is.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Season: 1 – 10 November 2012
Duration: 85 minutes, no interval
Tickets: $15.00 – $22.00
Bookings: At the door or online