By Louis Nowra
Directed by Simon Boyes
As a recent university graduate, Lewis’s main need is money. Luckily he has just got a job as a theatre director. However, his employer is the local psychiatric hospital, the theatre is a burnt out and decrepit shell and his actors are the patients in an experiment to “ improve their social skills”.
He was hoping for an easy entrance into the working world, but his cast provides some immediate challenges, in the form of manic-depression, obsessive behaviours, drug dependency and pyromania. What is more, one of the patients has already decided that the group will stage “Cosi fan Tutte,” Mozart's ambitious three-hour-long comic opera. A pity, then, that none of the cast can speak Italian - or sing opera!
Set in 1971 Melbourne, this touching, funny play follows Lewis and his attempts to direct his wayward cast as he learns that with tolerance and understanding, comes a real appreciation of “these ordinary people who’ve just thought extraordinary thoughts or done extraordinary things “.
“Cosi” is on at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street and runs as follows:
Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 March 2013 at 8 pm
Sunday 17 March at 3 pm
Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 March at 6.30 pm
Thursday 21 March to Saturday 23 March at 8 pm
Tickets: $22 waged, $20 unwaged, $18 for groups of 10 or more, $15 secondary students with ID.
2 for $22 night Thursday 14 March. Booking/delivery fees may apply.
Bookings, http://www.stagecraft.co.nz or ph 0508iticket (0508 484253).