The Owl and Cat Theatre is one of those tiny little venues that makes you feel a buzz when you go to see a play; it's raw, intimate and enticing. Their latest offering 'Crush' is a comedy written by English writer, Rob Young and I wasn't sure what to expect from this Melbourne adaptation.
The play is set in a small-time newspaper office and the story told from the point of view of Johnny - played by Seb Muirhead. Johnny is a somewhat cynical nice guy but he has a crush on the office bitch. His fascination with her is hard to understand. He claims it's because she's 'angry about everything' but it's possibly simply because she's unattainable.
Enter Laura, the witty and attractive office temp. She arrives at the workplace and events take a ride on the rapids, with poor Ceila left far behind.
The cast, Mardi Edge, Seb Muirhead and Fiona Scarlett work well together but the timing seemed a bit off. I felt that some scenes could have been drawn out longer to get a sense of character and story development - perhaps this was because the play was cut from its original 90 minutes down to 60. However, overall, the play is definitely a fun way to spend an hour after dinner and a pleasant addition to Melbourne's independent theatre scene.
Seb Muirhead as Johnny and Fiona Scarlett as Laura