Performance Review: Theatre we can all enjoy with Vanessa, Zimba and Dina … and like!
Cassandra’s right about everything, but surely she can’t win Wimbledon with a frying pan (all photos: Filip Orestes unless stated)
February 26th, 2018 10:47 am| by Ben Hamilton
For a play not short of words, playwright Christopher Durang would have marveled at how the best lines during this rendition of his Tony-winning 2012 play ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’, ongoing at Huset’s International House of Theatre (HIT) until March 4, were monosyllabic.
Vanessa Poole, a delight as always as Sonia, must have thought she’d nailed down the bragging rights with her luxurious utterance “Shaaaawh” – the kind of sarcasm so alien to American writers a generation ago, of which they have now become the masters.
Bow-wow time! David Barrett, Vanessa Poole, Dina Rosenmeier and Zimba, Seren Oroszvary, Joshua Shafir, Theresa Mangara and director Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen take some well-deserved applause (photo: Hasse Ferrold)
But she hadn’t reckoned on Zimba, the beautiful Mallorca-born dog on the arm of Masha (Dina Rosenmeier), whose second act howl couldn’t have been better timed, directly following the revelation that a off-stage character was gay.
It embodied the pain of a General Hospital lifer having their wildest dreams quashed at the thought of their favourite character becoming romantically unavailable, and half the audience were still laughing about it in the foyer afterwards.
It was the kind of truly magical moment that only live performance can deliver, underlining why we should all make the effort to go to the theatre once in a while.