NOT FOR PROFIT – REVIEW BY SHEILA MASON
PLAY ATTENDED ON THURSDAY 23RD MAY:
Hilarious in content, this play-in-the-round, by Local Upstarts inc based in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, encourages audience participation right from the start. Played for laughs, the action revolves around a series of committee meetings held by the Deepwater Independent Theatre Society, or DITSI for short, who are about to enter their twentieth year of operation.
Directed by Linda Gefken, and concentrating on the characterisation of each committee member, the play takes the audience, like a fly on the wall, into a realm many may have ventured, and can relate to – sitting on the committee of a local not-for-profit organisation, in this case DITSI. The difference is that DITSI committee members appear to have their own personal agendas. From self-appointed President, Tom, played by Angus Creagh Scott, who presides over the first meeting, the AGM, where a number of Vice-Presidents all want their individual say, to Treasurer, Jenny, played by Sarah Blaikie, who has to wriggle her way out of a loss of thirty-thousand dollars that has mysteriously disappeared out of their bank account. Until unassuming and pious Ruth, played by Liz Bear, a prudish church-goer, reveals her guilty secret. Aspersions are cast, the committee enters into a slinging match, members walk out, old guard fall asleep and Katrina continues to read her book. Mayhem ensues, the language becomes riper, and the president resigns.
Quick-fire scripting direction and delivery, and witty dialogue, makes this play hilariously entertaining, and cringingly funny.
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