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A quirky comedy about love and fantasy
Atlantis, some of us believe that this mythic sunken continent is buried deep in the Mediterranean, others in the mid-Atlantic ocean, or off the coast of Spain. For playwright Lally Katz, Atlantis is a state of mind that can be discovered again, by catching an Uber, if necessary…
This semi-autobiographical fantasy delves into the vivid imagination and often hilarious personal life of award-winning playwright Lally Katz. Katz recounts a childhood story of arriving newly to Australia from the United States.
Atlantis showcases the heartfelt and hilarious style of idiosyncratic Katz and declaration of self-love while taking self-exploration to a whole new level. It also covered Katz's doomed romantic life as well as the New York psychic who declared that the playwright was cursed.
In her 30s, Lally's personal relationships are disastrous, her career is in shambles, she's fast running out of money and everyone she encounters seems to be a charlatan or a shyster. She returns back to the Miami of her past, a world threatened by rising sea levels and in the mind of Lally, transformed into the mythical city of Atlantis.
The adventure begins as Katz retraces her journey through the past five or so years. It was a journey that took her from a long-term relationship in Australia to Las Vegas casino via a dicey Airbnb in New York, an aged-care facility in New Jersey, a cul-de-sac suburban Miami and a Kansas fertility clinic that specialises in cut-price egg freezing for women racing their biological clock.
We followed her through her journey with a psychic-diagnosed vaginal curse, which caused a twisted ovary, and she was faced with the shrinking window that she might not be able to have children. This spark awakens something inside her as she takes a frenetic, almost mythological trip to America where she hopes she will find her soul mate and have children and we were invited alongside her journey.
The story was filled with memorable characters that Katz encountered on her journey, among them a Sydney gynaecologist, a New York taxi driver, her elderly grandparents, a handful of one-night stands, and the East Village psychic.
The cast Lally (Amber McMahon), Electra (Paula Arundell), Bella / Dossie & New York Taxi Driver (Lucia Mastrantone), Diego/ Panther (Hazem Shammas) and Dave/Pop-op & Bella's Daughter (Matthew Whittet) were superb and executed the play with perfection, from the realistic American accents to magnificent acting, costumes, lighting and props. Nothing can be faulted with this powerhouse performance.
Atlantis is a joyous epic of self-discovery that showed personal and chaotic scenes that covered a lot of ground, from the colourful adventures Lally undertook to the zany imagination and keen sense of humour. The script was funny, and at times it struck a chord with people who have found themselves in Lally's shoes. It also featured super-surreal and strange scenes, especially towards the end, causing one to ask - was it all a dream?
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