A wide success in America, winning an Obie and placing as a finalist for the Pulitzer prize, Detroit is coming to Australia for its debut at Darlinghurst Theatre Company. The play frankly presents the financial blow-out of its namesake city (Detroit was amongst the most hard-hit in the country) and features two couples, both in strife, who meet for a backyard barbeque that implodes over the successive 10 days.
Claire Lovering who plays Sharon, the fresh-out-of-rehab neighbour, says the play is a black comedy exploring two very different couples living in suburban America: “It’s about a middle-class couple and a ‘white-trash’ couple, and how they influence each other over the course of 10 days.”
“At its heart, this is a story about people and relationships, and how people find themselves not where they thought they would be,” explains Lovering. “It’s relatable to everyone.”
Lovering, who appeared in the film San Andreas (in a small but pivotal role alongside Paul Giammati) saw Detroit in London a few years ago, and is excited to be part of the Australian debut. “It’s serendipity to be playing this role in Australia.”
July 22 – August 16. Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 30 Burton St, Darlinghurst. $30-$45. Tickets & info: www.darlinghursttheatre.com or 8356 9987.