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Theatre Review: The Socially Distanced Play

What happens when the local community theatre group decides to persist with the rehearsal and production of a play in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions?

Presented by Tea Tree Players
Reviewed 25th May 2022

What happens when the local community theatre group decides to persist with the rehearsal and production of a play in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions? The result is a very funny and ingenious play for lovers of farce comedy.

In fact, Damon Hill’s script is a farce within a farce, which had the opening night audience laughing from start to finish. Hill himself gives a hilarious performance, filling in for a cast member who was forced to miss the performance due to Covid challenges of their own.

But all the cast bring the laughs in this. Lachlan Blackwell’s insane French accent alone created much mirth. Frank Cwiertniak’s dry delivery of some of the script’s best moments was also very well received.

The set was perfect, but given the scenario that was probably quite easy to achieve. The sound and lighting were also faultless.

It’s hard to tell whether Hill’s direction was terrific, or whether the cast’s interpretation and embodiment of the characters was well worked. Either way, each character was unique and entertaining.

There appeared to be the odd joke that was funnier to those within the Tea Tree Players’ inner circle, but that didn’t detract from the show itself. With the occasional line delivered awkwardly, some opening night jitters seemed prevalent, but I’m sure these will iron themselves out as the season continues.

If you like farce comedy, get along and see The Socially Distanced Play by Tea Tree Players. It’s a good fun show based on a topic we are all only too familiar with now.

Reviewed by Doug Philips
Twitter: @DouggyOz

Venue:  Tea Tree Players Theatre
Season:  25th of May to 4th of June 2022
Duration:  2.5 hours
Tickets:  $19 – $22
Bookings:  https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=809906&

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