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Flesh Eating Tiger - Theatre Review

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Man addicted to alcohol - woman addicted to man
**Trigger Warning: this play contains scenes of domestic violence which may distress some people**

When the call for show time rang out last night at The Owl and Cat Theater, I wasn't sure what to expect (nor was I ready to give up my seat in their charming lounge).

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Inside the charming Owl and Cat Theatre
I was blown away; there's never a dull moment in Flesh Eating Tiger; it's a non-stop comedy/drama which reaches the peak of both genres and still finds time for the actors to blur the lines between acting and reality (Marcus Molyneux's character frequently tells the audience he "hates this stupid play").

Flesh Eating Tiger focuses on a man (Marcus Molyneux) consumed by alcoholism and a woman (Amy Gubana) consumed by him. The play sways between realism and absurdism, poking both fun and fright into how addiction can transform a once healthy relationship.

Originally presented by The Owl & Cat Theatre in its 2015 season, American playwright Amy Tofte's Flesh Eating Tiger has since been re-worked by a new creative team.

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Amy Gubana & Max Molyneux both give the audience chills with outstanding performances
Incredible performances are given by both Molyneux as the inner-demon plagued Man as well as by Gubana's portrayal of the rage-filled, though well-intentioned, Woman.

Throughout the play the audience does more than just observe; they feel; whether it's the Woman's rage or the Man's despair, as every part of the "emotional tidal wave" experienced by the characters reverberates through the crowd.

When asked to describe Flesh Eating Tiger in three words the Owl and Cat's new owner and creative director, Gabrielle Savrone said "Intoxicating, abstract, and passionate".

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One of the play's more bizarre scenes.

Flesh Eating Tiger runs from May 31st - June 4 at The Owl & Cat Theatre before the show moves on to Alaska mid-June. For more information visit the website below, call 0477 888 820, or book tickets online here.
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When: Dates: Tuesday, May 31 - Saturday, June 4. Hours: Tues-Fri: 6pm & 8pm. Saturday: 4pm & 6pm. Showtime: 8pm. Runtime: 60 minutes.
Phone: 0477 888 820
Where: The Owl & Cat Theatre, 34 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC, 3121
Cost: Full: $32. Concession: $26. Preview: $22.
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