COMIC ADVANCES: Wally Trumpkin’s (Ian Rix) advances don’t go down well with Bronwyn (Ruth Montgomery).
COMIC ADVANCES: Wally Trumpkin’s (Ian Rix) advances don’t go down well with Bronwyn (Ruth Montgomery). CONTRIBUTED

Armchair critics always on hand

SOME leaving a theatre performance will pronounce judgment on the show with all the subtlety of a left hook and displaying total lack of need for a loud-hailer.

Others will deliver their verdict in such confidential tones, it’s as if they were sharing wisdom picked up in the Himalayas.

Unwarranted vitriolic comments tossed into the air in the exit shuffle, as foyer meets night, are often addressed to no one in particular. But sometimes, unwittingly, they fall around the ears of cast members making a hasty getaway through the crowd.

Critiques on performances are also to be found on social media, both bon mots and mal mots. Ginormous full-bloom, flowering, verbal tributes can often be attributed to the lead actor’s mum, while one suspects that those akin to dysentery may have been posted by the actor who missed out on the lead role. The most reliable criticism of all can be heard just between the last line of the play and the closing of the curtains: wild applause is a definite verdict.

So, too, is silence and the audience complaining on the way out that there was no cranberry sauce to go with the turkey. The Indee team lining up for next weekend’s four-performance season will be giving it their all, with no thought of cranberries.

The plays embrace two comedies, Don’t I Know You From Somewhere? and The Herb Garden, plus a curious mystery, Silent Hero.

Evening performances are next Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, at 7.30, with two matinees on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, at 2pm.

Book at theindee@palmwoods.com or on 5472 8200.


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