How far into theory can you delve before reality slaps you in the face?
Cue David Williamson’s latest masterpiece: an incredibly witty and compelling story that follows the slightly dysfunctional family life of Professor Roland Makepeace. Simply titled Happiness, the story follows this Professor of psychology from Surry Hills, whose theories on how to achieve ‘well-being’ are tested by his fiery daughter Zelda – much to the scorn of her judgmental, sex-driven and slightly alcoholic mother Hanna.
With amazing one-liners that provoke laughter throughout the show, the actors, including Mark Lee, Erica Lovell and Anne Tenney, provide authentic portrayals of a family dynamic. The ironic aura of the Professor’s happiness surrounded by his daughter and wife’s unhappiness provides an interesting context that allows the audience sympathy with these everyday characters.
With Kirribilli’s picturesque Ensemble Theatre as the venue, post-show satisfaction is an understatement. (CD)
Until July 6, Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli, $30-72, (02) 9929 8877, ensemble.com.au