Quick-fire comedy in Boston Marriage
Gold Coast audiences will relish Queensland Theatre Company’s quick-fire, turn-of-the-century comedy Boston Marriage when The Arts Centre Gold Coast presents two performances on 20 and 21 February, directly following its season at QPAC.
Riddled with the wicked wit of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross), Boston Marriage stars double Helpmann Award-winning actor Amanda Muggleton and will be directed by Gold Matilda Award winner Andrea Moor, who delighted audiences and critics alike with QTC’s 2013 production Venus in Fur.
Set in a Victorian drawing room, Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming ‘women of fashion’ who live together on the fringes of society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, while Claire is infatuated with a young girl and wants to enlist the jealous Anna’s help to arrange a rendezvous. As the two women exchange barbs and taunt their hapless maid, Claire’s love interest arrives and sets off a crisis that puts the women’s future at risk.
If you’ve never heard of a ‘Boston marriage’, it was a term used in the Victorian era to refer to two single women living together, independent of men. Acclaimed playwright David Mamet wrote this piece for an entirely female cast, following a string of successful plays featuring male protagonists.
Boston Marriage was originally produced by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachussets in 1999. It was directed by David Mamet and starred Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame. It was later performed on London’s West End.
This new Queensland Theatre Company production promises to be a grand affair, featuring three gorgeous girls (Amanda Muggleton, Helen Cassidy and Rachel Gordon), a stunning set and glamorous gowns designed by Stephen Curtis. Don’t miss it.
DATE Fri 20 & Sat 21 February, 7.30pm
VENUE Arts Theatre, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise
COST Adults $54, Concession $47, Group 6+ $45 and Student $30