Extraordinary, Unusual II certainly is a perfect title for the latest production by director and writer Pete Malicki, founder of The Monologue Project. Showcasing at New Theatre, Newtown on Wednesday 14th May and 21st May the cast members cleverly open your eyes to the extraordinary and unusual complexities of humanity.
Eight monologues take the audience on a journey through the lives of nine very real humans living and existing in their extraordinary and unusual world. Starting and ending with the most humourous and lighthearted of the monologues but filling out the girth of the 80 minute show with darkness and intense emotion.
Sir Edmund Hilary opens the show with his extraordinary climb to the summit of Mt Everest with his ever trusting sherpa by his side accommodating every hilarious whim. The audience then shifts pace to open the door into the unusual and turbulent life of a young man consumed by addiction. Next, The Devil's Aftershave draws the audience into the dark mind of a scent sensitive victim who details the trauma of his existence in a very smelly and disturbing world of abuse. Act One concludes with a thought provoking glance at the mundane life of a Coles checkout girl who cleverly sings the jingle "down, down…" as the lights go down and she exits stage left.
Act Two begins with five characters seated, facing away from the audience.We are first introduced to a young Argentinian girl with the unusual vocation as a hired crier for funerals to entice the guests to also cry and let go of emotion. Followed by intense exposure into the extraordinary disorder consumed life of a woman who faces the ultimate reality of her condition. To lighten the mood Flowers takes the audience on a journey into the colourful yet tortured life of a young girl with an unusual and deathly existence. Bringing the production to a close is the special surprise performance, hilariously depicting the competitive nature of humanity today in our unusual suburban, upper class neighbourhoods.
Pete Malicki's, The Monologue Project is a fascinating way to experience snippets of confronting subject matter, to be drawn into thinking or seeing something in a different way and questioning "How do they exist in that life?", to be exposed to the extraordinary and unusual in the lives of regular people around us.