I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe Meet
Dark Voyager by John Misto, directed by Annette van Roden and presented by Castle Hill Players is a voyage into a mythical meeting of glamorous greats. Four women and one man take control of the stage as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, up and coming starlet Marilyn Monroe, gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, and her house boy Skipper. After three decades Bette and Joan are nearing the end of their respective careers after many movies and marriages and although rivals in work they unite against a common foe in the young and vivacious Marilyn.
This is a dark comedy full of intrigue, gossip and scandal and you may learn something new about these iconic stars. A lot of the humour is cringeworthy and uncomfortable as it comes from bullying, sexism and racism and would not be understood by younger audience members. There are many allusions to 'sleeping' your way to the best roles similar to recent 'Me Too' incidents.
Conspiracy theories abound and there is a plethora of oneliners especially in the first act, as well as slapstick, singing and dancing. Dark Voyager is not politically correct by any means but the humour is indicative of the 1960s. The actors approach their roles with gusto aided by the simple effective set and great costumes.