BY FATIMA MALIK
At some point everyone has contemplated hopping on a plane, eschewing materialism and going off into a far-flung country for the greater good. Richard Bean’s The God Botherers satrises the liberal tendency to idealise the developing world in an effort not to offend.
The play follows Laura (Kimesia Hartz) an idealistic if some what naïve Brit who sets off to the fictional Tambia armed with the Idiots Guide to the Koran, a subscription to Heat magazine and seemingly good intentions. She is counterpointed by the Keith (James Lugton) a dysfunctional, cynical aid worker who has been at it for over 20 years.
Bean attempts to raise questions about how we should deal with the third world, and the amalgam that is Tambia is a useful device to explore the Western tendency to homogenise all third world countries. But the play relies too much on clunky monologues to make its point and some of the British references are lost in translation.
Until December 6. Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point.Tickets $30-$35, 8356 9987 or www.darlinghursttheatre.com