The Scoop: Boston Marriage

From the archives: This is from our original site, MyCityLife, posted back on 5 February 2015

Attention all lovers of theatre and good times: Queensland Theatre Company has exploded into 2015 with their production of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage,and proving to be an unmissable show. The play stars a cast of three incredibly talented actors, with Helen Cassidy, Rachel Gordon and Amanda Muggleton conquering the stage in a flourish of beautiful costumes, exquisite set designs, and a rapid-fire dialogue set to leave you holding your cup of red wine for dear life in fits of laughter.

Set in the early 1900’s American-Edwardian period, the play follows the story of Anna (Amanda), an extravagant woman living comfortably on the fringes of the Boston elite with the wealth of her “protector”: a married man who has taken her as a mistress. Meanwhile, the beautiful and eccentric Claire (Rachel) has come to Anna in the hopes that her friend will help orchestrate her attempts to seduce a much younger woman. Catherine (Helen), the seemingly quiet but almost always outspoken maid, must mediate between herself and the harsh verbal rebukes from the two overpowering women as their plans unravel, becoming more elaborate with each moment. 

Stephen Curtis‘ set design is stunning to say the least. A combination of elegant props and soft lighting gives this play a romantic, seductive feel which is quickly parried by the fierce dialogue articulated to perfection by the actors. If you look closely enough, you may see somewhat of an ‘easter egg’ under the tea-set on stage, where director Andrea Moor has placed a very special item: a lace doily belonging to her mother. The item itself is small, but the significance it brings to the show is heartfelt and gives a personal touch.

Boston Marriage shows no matter how bizarre or overwhelming a situation, friendship can and will prevail – if one fights hard enough for it. This play takes the audience on a journey through the constant power struggle between two strong-willed and frightfully persistent women, one meek yet determined maid, and a dilemma so surreal that it’s certain to leave theatre-goers with delighted grins and tickled with wicked ingenuity.  


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