Friday, 19 October 2012
Theatre review: Dead On Her Feet
There's some great performances from the three couples competing in the marathon: Wally (Sam Trueman) is a veteran of the contests, returning despite his suspicions that Carney rigged an earlier event he should have won; he teams up with Bonnie (Kelly Gibson,) who's just been kicked off a train for riding without a ticket. Black single mother Velma (Sandra Reid) and her partner Jake (Lloyd Thomas) have also only met at the start of the marathon. The only real couple are local, the overqualified, underemployed Myron (Rowan Schlosberg) and his mentally fragile wife Rita (Victoria Fischer.) All are desperate; one or more could be a plant.
I also found the character of McDade problematic; the fact that late in the play he gets called out on being little more than the organ-grinder's monkey and a hypocrite doesn't make him an easier character to get a handle on: His sympathies seem to change indiscriminately and often, and I didn't find that Whybrow's performance helped me understand him.
Dead On Her Feet by Ron Hutchinson is booking until the 3rd of November at the Arcola Theatre's Studio 1.
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes including interval.