by Marguerite Duras and Alan Richardson, directed by Madeline McCubbin
28-31 July 2010 This was an evening of two one-act plays about human relationships. La Musica is a French play concerning an old, possibly dying relationship, while Perfect Partners is a more modern comedy set in a dating agency.
Review in Chelsfield Village Voice This time we were treated to two single act productions, thus gettingtwo plays for the price ofone. MadelineMcCubbin, who playedone of the leading rolesin the last production A Wedding Story,showed her versatilitydirecting these contrasting plays with ashared theme. In her words, La Musica ispoignant and thoughtprovoking; Perfect Partners is cynical and amusing.
Michael Wortley, who only joined the Players last year, is proving to bea valuable addition to the group. He took on two contrasting major rolesas a newly divorced manwho still showed strong feelings for his ex wife and a hack journalist trying to expose the dodgy practices of an introduction agency. Emily Edmunds played his ex wife in the first play with justthe right degree of detachment. They bothshowed clearly how situations can deteriorate when couples do notcommunicate. The innocent fiancée, played byJo Clent was, I fearheading for a similar fate. The receptionist, playedby Judy Ives was heard but not seen. I feel that,although off stage at alltimes, she could havebeen a little louder andam not sure she would have been heard at theback of the hall.
Judy Ives and Jo Clent also took on roles in the second play. Judy Ives was well cast and costumed as Edwina, the proprietor of an introduction agency, switchingher style of delivery depending on whether shewas dealing with customers or her erring husband, convincinglyplayed by AndrewHaggerty, another invaluable recent recruit to the group. This about to bedivorced couple certainly had no trouble communicating. The bravado ofEdwina was challenged by Dave the journalistwho then proved to beless self assured than he would have us believe. The balance of powerchanged nicely betweenthese two. Jo Clent’sSusan was looking for anintroduction “for a friend”but changed her mind after seeing how theagency operated. Thesecond play gave somewelcome humour afterthe first and they offereda well balanced pair ofplays. The backstageteam was as slick as ever.