John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men premiered on Broadway in 1937 while the novella was still on best seller lists. With the Great Depression very fresh in people’s minds and continuing political and economic uncertainty at home and abroad, Of Mice and Men was a striking commentary on how society treats its most vulnerable citizens, and how the human spirit somehow endures. This current embodiment is part of the Reginald Season at the Seymour Centre, and continues to be as pertinent and moving as it was more than seventy years ago.
Set in the desperation of the Great Depression, George (Anthony Gooley – Underbelly: The Golden Mile, The Libertine) and Lenny (Andrew Henry – Howie The Rookie, All My Sons) are displaced migrant workers who dream of one day settling down on their own piece of land. Their shared vision of a better future and the strength of their friendship carry them through the loneliness, oppression and uncertainty of one of the world’s most profound eras of disillusionment.
Of Mice and Men is an eerily salient indictment of our current treatment of our disenfranchised fringe dwellers, our migrant peoples and our poor, while remaining an uplifting story of friendship pushed to the limits.
9 – 25 July. Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre – Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale. $25-$39. Tickets & info: seymourcentre.com/events/event/of-mice-and-men/