Arts & Entertainment

REVIEW: The Secret Of Chimneys

Photo: Craig O'Regan

Yet another fabulous whodunnit presented by The Genesian Theatre Company, The Secret Of Chimneys, is a classy, well paced production which has the audience enthralled from beginning to end. A beautifully designed set, portrays an elegant sitting room looking out onto a garden path, which, provides the perfect backdrop for an assortment of characters to enter and exit. The characters are a diverse lot ranging from dyed in the wool aristocrats, to foreign agents, devoted servants, Scotland yard detectives and even royalty.  

The actors really have a lot to play with in this one and made the most of their opportunities to scene steal in roles that seemed to demand that they do so. Standouts were Jack Elliot Mitchell as the laconic yet deeply passionate Monsieur Lemoine, Sandra Bass as the wise and witty Lady Caterham and Rachele Edson as the perfectly poised Virginia Revel. Director Molly Haddon has brought this old play, which was actually a novel first and had been lost for quite some time, to life with the help of a dedicated team of creators. Lighting and sound could not be faulted and the costumes, designed by Susan Carveth, were simply impeccable.  

Until Apr 17. Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent St, Sydney. $30-$35+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.genesiantheatre.com.au

By Renee Lou Dallow