Review: Last Tango in Smithfield Plains

Two troubled souls finding each other after a night of mild animosity may sound like a tired old premise but, when those lost beings are an aged clown and a tango teacher, there’s enough quirkiness to keep things interesting.

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Last Tango in Smithfield Plains

Presented by Blackbox @ The Bakehouse
1st Preview reviewed Wednesday 28 November 2012

Two troubled souls finding each other after a night of mild animosity may sound like a tired old premise but, when those lost beings are an aged clown and a tango teacher, there's enough quirkiness to keep things interesting.

Written and performed by Wayne Anthoney and Jenn Havelberg, under the direction of Lisa Lanzi, the laughs aren't as present as you would expect from such characters, but there's a gentle beauty in the bond that ultimately forms between them.

The characters lack any connection for the majority of the play, but their exploration of puppetry bridges the gap in a most unexpected and almost mesmerising sequence of scenes. It is during these latter scenes that Lanzi's direction really shines and these damaged individuals finally connect, both with each other and the audience.

While the delivery by both actors is sometimes a little staged, and the title of the play may be uninspiring, it's a surprisingly sweet little play with potential.

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

The Bakehouse Theatre website

Venue: The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Season: 28 Nov 2012 – 8 Dec 2012 at 8pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
Tickets: $15.00 – $22.00
Bookings: Book online or tickets at the door if not sold out

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