Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director; produced playwright (21 plays). Scripts pub. Currency Press. She worked as actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate was Head of Drama/Teacher, NMIT; Coordinator of Prof. Writing/ Editing, Swinburne Uni. Read her reviews here or: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Lost: 5, Nov 25, 2017 ***
Written by Daniel
Keene, by Illumi-Nation, Poppy Seed Festival
At Irene Mitchell Theatre, St. Martins, until Dec 3, 2017
Reviewer: Kate Herberton Fri Nov 25, 2017
Review also published in Herald Sun Arts online on Thur 30 Nov, 2017 & later in print (Fri Nov 30?). KH
Marty Rhone in Kaddish
Starting in 1997, playwright Daniel Keene, with director
Ariette Taylor, depicted the homeless and disenfranchised in short, poignant dramas
that straddled poetic form and gritty realism.
The Keene/Taylor Theatre Project (KTTP) is now defunct, but new company, Illumi-Nation, under director Michele McNamara, revives five
of Keene’s monologues in Lost: 5.
Because this reviewer saw every KTTP production in Melbourne,
it is difficult not to compare Lost: 5 and its mostly young cast to KTTP’s
exceptional interpretations and seasoned actors.
Marty Rhone, himself a veteran of the music and theatre
industries, provides a heart-stopping, achingly truthful performance in
Kaddish, portraying an elderly man suffering crippling grief after his wife’s
death and mourning her pauper’s burial.
Rhone inhabits the character, leaving the audience gaping as
he shifts from reflective reminiscence to howling pain caused by the open wound
of his loss.
Murphy, in The Rain, sympathetically portrays an old, German woman who spent
her life hoarding and protecting the belongings entrusted to her by detainees being
transported to the concentration camps.
remaining young cast members do not as effectively capture the poetic style or complex
psychological states of their characters.
Pick performs Two Shanks as a silent, young woman who finds an abandoned baby
in a rubbish bin while, in A Foundling, Pearce Hessling plays a timid, anxious
young man who cherishes a dead bird.
Getting Shelter, Keneisha Nottle’s character vibrates with clown-like energy
that contrasts with the reality that she is dying in a hospital ward. It is
hard to reconcile this youthful portrayal with Bob Hornery’s original performance
of the same character as an old geezer in 1999 for KTTP.
the acting is uneven, the quality of Keene’s writing and Rhone’s performance makes
Lost: 5 a noteworthy theatrical experience.
By Kate Herbert
The Rain - Fleur Murphy Kaddish - Marty Rhone Two Shanks - Stephanie Pick Getting Shelter - Keneisha Nottle A Foundling - Pearce Hessling