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O P E N S W E D N E S D A Y 17TH M A Y 2 0 0 6 !
Bryce Manning & Starring: Matt Penny, Summer Williams, Peter Clark, Michael Rae & Helen Burgess
17 - 20 May (Wednesday to Saturday) 8:00pm
23 - 28 May (Tuesday to Saturday) 8:00pm
30 May - 3 June (Tuesday to Saturday) 8:00pm
The Rechabites' Hall
'Kvetch' is like most of Stephen Berkoff's plays, a nasty, surreal black comedy about nasty people trying to behave like decent human beings.
Brutally frank and hilariously funny!
Tickets: $22 / $17 BOCS
BEST COMEDY 2005 - RON BANKS - WEST AUSTRALIAN
FRIDAY 06TH MAY 2005
REVIEW - RON BANKS
" An evening of unredeemed self-loathing might seem less an entertainment than an agony for audiences. BUT Steven Berkoff's Kvetch is wildly funny, brilliantly performed analysis of unfocused fear of life itself.
Frank is a textile salesman with a stay-at-home wife who suffers from the most excruciating self-doubt. At work he's know as "The Kvetch", a Yiddish term which we might call a whinger or complainer.
He's developed "Kvetching" - or complaining into an art form of the highest anxiety order. Poor Frank cannot even tell a joke without worrying about forgetting the punchline and he frets about his job, hi wife, his belching and farting mother-in-law - and about all the guilt he feels about not being a success in life.
PETER CLARK conveys the anguish, rage and self loathing of Frank with an intensity and suppressed pain that is almost visceral in its power to disturb. At the same time the performance is so funny that we can only admire the actor's energy in screwing himself up to such a pitch.
Frank's pain and self-doubt is the fixed point around which the action of this play revolves but his wife, Donna, and the business aquaintance, Hal, who's been invited to dinner, have their own rather full measures of self-doubt and low self-esteem. The timid, fearful Hal does not know how to negotiate social situations with ease and the question he fears most is what he does at night, now that his wife has left him. The answer, of course, is that he does nothing meaningful.
MATT PENNY'S degree of timidity as HAl is the counterpoint to CLARK'S inner rage as Frank, with the two men combining in the kind of encounters that make for the brilliantly funny theatre - at the same time acknowledging how appalling life is when you lackl self confidence.
SUMMER WILLIAMS' housewife Donna - battling her own lack of confidence and her husband's abuse - is another highly wrought and well-timed performance ........................
KVETCH is the cathartic kind of play that will make you feel better about yourself. The little-known Wembley Theatre Company has done a splendid job with one of Berkoff's most outrageous plays."