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Theatre Review: Next Fall

Next Fall is a character driven play, boasting local talent and offering a beautiful heartbreak.

4.5

Presented by Boyslikeme
Reviewed 23rd April 2021

Next Fall explores social and emotional purgatory in a hospital waiting room. Friends and family of Luke (Tom Murdock) hope for good news, following a serious accident.

Frequent flashbacks recount the five-year relationship between Adam (Matt Hyde) and Luke. Luke is Christian and believes his homosexuality is a sin, staying closeted from his family. Adam is a neurotic agnostic, who tries and fails to understand Luke’s faith. Despite their differences, they fall deeply in love.

Director Darrin Redgate has previously produced Next Fall in Sydney and Melbourne. In Adelaide, Redgate allowed his talented cast creative freedom. The play gains momentum as we learn more about these vivid and imperfect characters.

Murdock and Hyde share excellent chemistry on stage. Hyde embraces Adam’s quirks and poignantly portrays his frustration at Luke’s faith. Murdock honours Luke’s duality, while also showing him to be a supportive and loving partner.

Claire Sara adds depth to Holly, best friend to Adam, and the only person who understands and shares his turmoil at the hospital. Jason Jefferies perfectly captures the anguished Brandon, Luke’s devout friend. Lisa Lanzi and Brendan Cooney portray Arlene and Butch, Luke’s larger than life estranged parents.

Next Fall is at once a comedy, a tragedy, and a romance. First premiering in 2008, New York, its story remains just as relevant in modern day Australia. The cast and crew should be commended for bringing Adam and Luke’s star-crossed love story to life.

Reviewed by Nicola Woolford

Venue:  Holden Street Theatre
Season:  22nd April – 8th May 2021
Duration:  155 minutes
Tickets:  $25.00 – $30.00
Bookings:  http://www.holdenstreettheatres.com/index.php/What-s-On/next-fall

Rating out of 5: 4.5

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