Little Theatre opens third play for the year
Woy Woy Little Theatre is set to open its third play of the year, Roger Hall's poignant comedy Four Flat Whites in Italy, on August 16 for a three-week season.
Described as New Zealand's answer to David Williamson, Hall has written a fast-paced comedy which is sure to strike a chord with every audience member, said director Ms Terry Collins.
"This delightful play is about four retirees who become unlikely travel companions on a two-week holiday in Italy," she said.
"They bicker their way through Venice, Rome and Tuscany as they encounter problems everyone will recognise; making themselves understood, negotiating prices with the locals, should they do another museum or just relax with a cold drink - and the age old question of how will they split the dinner bill?
"Right-wing retired businessman and ex-pat New Zealander Harry and his wife Judy want to eat well and relax a lot, but Aussie ex-librarians and staunch Labor supporters Adrian and Alison are on a budget and don't want to miss one little bit of 'culture'.
"First stop is Venice, where the four arrive late, exhausted, lose their way several times and finally arrive at their pensione - only to find their original rooms have been re-allocated and they now have to share a bathroom with the whole floor.
"It's just the first of many disasters as the travellers explore the various attractions of Italy.
"The witty, acerbic script features sharply defined characters, sardonic asides, funny monologues and intense poignancy as the two couples suffer through misunderstandings, major and minor adjustments, gentle and not so gentle teasing and bickering.
"But at the end of the day, unlikely friendships form as the four reveal more about their lives."
The cast features Greg Buist, Michelle Wallace, Mark Austin and Yvonne-Berry-Porter as the hapless travellers, with Rowan Cowley and Rosemary Parsons playing more than a dozen characters between them.
"This play will have you laughing hysterically one minute and holding back tears the next as these fine actors take you on a journey through Italy you will never forget," Ms Collins said.
"I think audiences will enjoy our stunning lighting, and visual effects, as well as a peppering of favourite Italian songs from artists ranging from Dean Martin to Luciano Pavarotti."
Four Flat Whites in Italy opens on August 16 at the Peninsula Theatre Woy Woy for 10 performances.
Book at woywoylt.com or call 4344 4737.
Media release, 29 Jul 2019
Terry Collins, Woy Woy Little Theatre