Presented by Therry Dramatic Society
Reviewed 11 Feb 2017
In the capable hands of director Barry Hill, this fun comedy becomes another Therry success. With experienced leads like Peter Davies and Shelley Hampton it was always in safe hands.
A comedy about tax evasion, this script, written by Donald Churchill and Peter Yeldham has twists and turns aplenty, but is not a farce. On a predictably well-made set, designed by Hill and Jeff Baker, the action is comfortable and keeps a good pace. As always Hills uses the space well. The plot is well developed and the one-liners keep the audience laughing.
As TV Horticulturalist Tom Lambert, Peter Davies is engaging and believable; the audience warm to him straight away. As his Accountant (and ex-wife) Sarah, Shelley Hampton shows us a strong businesswoman, who has pushed the envelope a little too far showing the dilemma she is dealing with. Providing the comedy (and many of the one liners) is Norm Caddick as the twice a week cleaner, who s a former actor and has a weakness for Tom’s booze.
Ellen Ferguson is a feisty Lucy who seems to innocently get caught up in the duplicity. As tax man Mr Dodds, Heath Trebilcock is persuasive and frighteningly in character; a very convincing Government Official. Sue Wylie rounds out the cast as Tax Inspector C J Lens, Dodd’s’ boss and in control. Wylie gives her usual strong performance and is responsible for many of the second act laughs.
This is a fun production, certainly a good night out at the theatre!
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Venue: Arts Theatre
Season: 9– 18 Feb 2017
Tickets: $12 -$27
Bookings: www.trybooking.com or 8410 5515 from 12 noon to 5 pm.