WWLT’S NATURAL CAUSES: a review by Karen Ractliffe


This year Woy Woy Little Theatre is celebrating its 50th year bringing quality theatre and entertainment to the Peninsula, and they plan to celebrate with thrills, fun and laughter. The program this year includes three comedies, each with a sting in the tale.  First off the block is Natural Causes, a black comedy from British maestro, Eric Chappell. The darkly comic theme continues in July with perennial favourite Arsenic and Old Lace. Then, in November, we can look forward to a challenging production of the classic comedy thriller The 39 Steps.  

   Natural Causes opened last weekend to the delight of Peninsula audiences. This charmingly macabre play from the BAFTA award winning author of Rising Damp and other British classics such as Only When I Laugh and The Bounder has a cast of entertaining characters and a plot that revolves around the use and abuse of a bottle of poison, and the humour is delivered to a tee by the tongue-in-cheek performances of the actors.

Vincent (Terry Lay) is a poison peddler called to the house of Celia (Christine Vale) a depressed wife, Walter (Marc Calwell) her nervous husband, and Angie (Caitlin Shaw) his scheming secretary.  As the plot twists and turns they are all embroiled in attempts to assist, resist and desist a suicide (sometimes all at the same time!) and their efforts are helped and hampered by the appearance of an enthusiastic Samaritan, Ms Withers (“Damn!”), played by Jillian Logan.  Penny Dilworth’s subtle and skillful direction guides the performance smoothly through an engaging plot that keeps the audience guessing to the last drop, and Christine Vale’s smart and sophisticated set adds to the visual appeal.  The production also deserves the award for most entertaining appearance by a pot plant in a supporting role!

The production continues until March 11th at The Peninsula Theatre.  See below or visit http://www.woywoylt.com.au/coming.htm for more details.

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