THE WISDOM OF EVE, directed by Celia Musikanth for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society runs at the Masque Theatre Muizenberg until 19 October 2013. For bookings contact (021) 788 1898 or book via email. For full details about the production, show times etc. see The Wisdom Of Eve.
LIESKE BESTER REVIEWS.
This is a classic that only improves with age and flawlessly transposes to the here and now – given our obsession with celebrities and the glitter that is not often gold -.
Based on a story that was turned into an award winning film, this smart, sophisticated and bitingly funny showbiz intrigue is where it should be: on stage, with an excellent multi-set designed by Jane Philbrick and defined by synchronized lighting (design Gary Fargher). Stage and auditorium are utilized to maximum effect by creative and realistic detail in direction and decor.
All you need to know about Eve and her story is that her deviousness and machinations make the original serpent look like a rank amateur so you can find out the truth for yourself along the delightfully twisted way.
The director and cast have clearly explored and dug deep into the characterisations and interaction. There isn’t a false note anywhere.
The two antagonists are superbly played by Julie Summers (as long reigning diva Margo Crane) and Erica Schofield (as star struck Eve Harrington), closely matched by Kirsty Cunnington as Karen Roberts.
A personal highlight is the audition scene in Act Two where an aspiring Vera Franklin (played by Faeron Wheeler) impressively out-acts her rival.
Brian Notcutt and Nigel Stevenson as Margo’s and Karen’ husbands respectively supply the balance and a measure of stability to their marital relationships. David Muller’s macho but gullible stage manager and Aubrey Hindle’s aging understudy successfully add to the theatrical integrity of the setting..
Alllison Blair delivers a polished cameo as columnist/reporter “Tally-Ho” Thompson and Erika Marais’ Leila Blake is gentle and comforting.
The play is a little drawn out at times, but the dialogue is star studded with memorable quotes. Don’t delay booking