Presented by Galleon Theatre Group
Reviewed 10 May 2019
Charlie Fuller has built himself a comfortable life in his retirement village, having several ‘friends with benefits’, all of who are aware of, and happy with the situation. His daughter thinks he needs looking after, that he may be declining, losing his grip. Meanwhile she is having her own dalliance with a work colleague. The arrival of a new widow and her nephew upsets the balance for both of them.
Lawrence Roman’s play is cleverly written and Erik Strauts’ fine direction brings out all the laughs. As Charlie, Andrew Clark is perfect. He is cheeky and manages to convince us that he is able to be just friends with all the ladies until Polly arrives. Shelley Hampton is believable as Polly, eager to find a friend but not looking for ‘benefits’, a fine performance. As Charlie’s daughter Elaine, Sharon Pitardi is the epitome of the controlling daughter, self-obsessed and pushy.
The other two males in this tale are well played by Josh van’t Padje and Adrian Heness. Charlie’s other ladies, played by Lindy LeCornu and Kathy Strauts supply the extra colour and spice.
As usual, Galleon have provided a wonderfully detailed set, designed by Brittany Daw and decorated by Elaine Latcham. The action moves smoothly and the laughs come quickly. This is another fine Galleon production that you should not miss.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Venue: Marion Cultural Centre
Season: 9 – 18 May 2019
Duration: 2.5 hr
Tickets: $23 – $27
Bookings: Telephone bookings: 8375 6855 (Box Office) Online bookings: www.galleon.org.au