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Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them

Photo: Bob Seary

New Theatre will bring a provocative and sharp political satire to its stage over June. Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them is the latest from acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang, who wrote it as a response to the ongoing war on terror.

A drunken blackout leads Felicity to wake to a startling reality; a quick-tempered, dubious stranger is lying beside her, convinced he’s her husband. Throw in a minister-turned-porn-director, a government operative in malfunctioning underpants and a secret agent with a talent for impersonating cartoons.

Director Melita Rowston says: “What really struck me about Torture is how startlingly relevant it is to Australia now, it’s a very clever piece.”

The cast includes New Theatre debuts from Peter Astridge, Annie Schofield and Ryan Gibson. Rowston says: “It’s great writing, full of snappy one-liners and cutting wit. It explores not only what’s wrong with our governments, but also gender roles, relationships, notions of the nuclear family and what it means to live in a modern, global society. Even as audiences pick up on the more serious subtext, they’re going to find it highly entertaining.” (GF)

June 3-28, New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown, $17-32, newtheatre.org.au

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