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Gloria at Southbank Theatre - Review

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by Lillian Nejad (subscribe)
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Compelling and provocative
Gloria at the MTC

The Melbourne Theatre Company presents Gloria, a dramatic dark comedy by Pulitzer-Prize finalist, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Gloria debuted in New York Off-Broadway in 2015, then onto London in 2017, and has finally landed in Melbourne as part of the diverse and delectable MTC season. Lee Lewis directs a stellar ensemble cast: Lisa McCune, Callan Colley, Jordan Fraser-Trumble, Jane Harber, Aileen Huynh, and Peter Paltos in an impactful and highly relevant production.

Gloria follows the lives of co-workers in a Manhattan magazine office, grappling with ordinary workplace issues: unfulfilled expectations, frustrated ambitions, awkward social interactions, and the struggles inherent in trying to make a name for yourself.

A piece that is both shocking and at the same time reflects a situation that is far too commonplace, Gloria speaks to the impact of social isolation, exclusion and discontent on the lives of ordinary people.

Both an expression of cynicism about modern culture and of hope driven by the significant but unfortunately rare few who are willing to value human connection over individualistic pursuits and narrow definitions of success.

Compelling and provocative, it forces us to reflect on what we are willing to do to achieve our goals and whether our behaviours are serving the collective good or just ourselves or perhaps no one at all.

Note: This production is for ages 16 and over due to violence
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When: June 16-July 21
Where: The Southbank Theatre
Cost: $39-$124
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