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David Williamson's Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica

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by Maria-MPG Narratives (subscribe)
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A hilarious and heartwarming rom-com
Photo credit: Prudence Upton

The first thing I'll say about this play is, it is hilarious!

The second thing is, it is stylish.

Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica by David Williamson is on at the Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli until April 29, 2023. Go and see it.

When Monica, a highly strung member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is forced to stay home due to RSI from playing the violin for years, and hires Gary, a former country singer known as Rhinestone Rex, that's when the fireworks start. What do a classically-trained musician and a country artist have in common?

This tale of two opposites who have ultimately attracted to each other stars Gold Logie winner Georgie Parker and Glenn Hazeldine, a staple of Australian theatre. The two are brilliant together with Glenn playing tradie Gary with great comedic timing and Georgie's Monica as his highly-strung client needing a new kitchen.

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

The first time Georgie and Glenn played these roles was in 2010.

David Williamson, who was in the audience on the night I attended said, "I'm delighted that the Ensemble is bringing back to their stage one of my personal favourites, an updated version of Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica, and even more delighted that the original cast is returning to reprise their roles."

Georgie Parker said, "Glenn and I did this play about 13 years ago. It's such a different play for David Williamson in the sense that it's a romantic comedy with just two people. It's so effortlessly funny. It's unmissable. It's David at his best. There's a reason why we're doing this play again, and I think that says it all."

It is an unmissable play. Right from the start we were shown just how seasoned the two actors are, with the audience laughing and clapping scene after scene. I'm talking raucous laughter at times, it's been a long time since I've laughed this much at the theatre.

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

Cleverly interspersed with classical and country music, the dialogue between the two is hilarious and at times, heartwarming and romantic.

When the play finished, Georgie and Gary came out three times as the audience kept clapping and the third time they brought David Williamson down to the stage. I managed to take a couple of my own photos, it was a lovely surprise to have the playwright in the audience with us.

Glenn Hazeldine and Georgie Parker appreciating the audience

David Williamson the playwright was also in the audience

Here is the link to the Ensemble website where you can purchase tickets and I recommend that you do, it is a play worth seeing. This hilarious play is a must for anyone who enjoys a good laugh, it is a totally engaging, clever and funny play.
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Why? This is a hilarious rom-com by David Williamson.
When: 10 March to 29 April 2023
Where: Ensemble Theatre
Cost: $38 to $80
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What a treat to see the play on the same night as David Williamson
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|6413) 8 days ago
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