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Black Box Theatre - Adelaide Botanic Garden
Until 15 Mar 2020

Review by Jamie Wright

Hartstone-Kitney Productions
Black Box Theatre
Until 15 March 2020

Review by Jamie Wright

Four employees of an un-named Manhattan company, in an unspecified industry, realise it’s up to them to put together a proposal that will keep the company in business – and themselves employed. Brian Parks’ script consists of multiple short scenes; it takes a while to get your head around it – but once it clicks, you find yourself on a rapid-fire journey through the machinations of the foursome as they try to come up with ideas, eventually descending into a kind of hilarious, absurdist nightmare that feels like half ‘How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying’ and half ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’.

The fast pace makes the experience exhilarating, but while most of the scenes are brilliant, some of the others are less so. Performances from the four – David Daradan, Joanne Hartstone (who also directs), Jimmy Lyons, Anton Schrama– are excellent, combining spot-on delivery of some very clever wordplay and good comic timing. The staging is simple but the technical aspects – sound and especially the lighting, which uses some very clever moving pieces to frame the action in different sized spaces – are exceptional.

Quirky, hilarious and – scarily – probably not that far from reality in the cut-throat world of big business.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)