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A family more dysfunctional than yours
How I Met My Mother follows a family in crisis as lies told by a mother and father to their children 19 years ago finally come to the surface. Whilst questioning the strength of family ties, each character concurrently navigates their own inner turmoil. In doing so, the production conducts a refreshingly honest investigation into matters of pain, loss, addiction and more with plenty of interesting content to fill its 2 hr run time.
How I Met My Mother is simple in its set dressing and experiences no full change of props through the play. This works to its advantage, allowing the audience to focus on the dialogue between the characters and become engrossed in the narrative. The acting is of a good calibre, especially from Jeremy Chapman, who features as a spiritual guide in the family's reconnaissance. He manages to add sincerity, kindness and warmth to a character whose motivations are consistently doubted by the other characters in the play.
The final scene in the play sees each character provide a two or three sentence epilogue in a 'what happened next' type scene reminiscent of post-movie credits. This is not the only move in How I Met My Mother which breaks theatre tradition. Two small projectors are utilised to guide audiences through scene locations and times. Likewise, the play involves the audience space, and on several occasions, the actors walked through the stalls. All these actions were well executed and added to the uniqueness of the production whilst increasing audience engagement.
In all, the play is a wonderful journey through love and loss that has been both well written and well accomplished. A pleasurable way to spend a couple hours nearby the gorgeous Manly seaside.