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Myth, Propaganda & Disaster in Nazi Germany & Contemporary America - Review

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by Haydn Radford (subscribe)
Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events.
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Written in response to the attacks of 9/11, Stephen Sewell's play Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany reflects vividly what can go wrong politically with the world and is a reminder of how the abuse of power can create a state of fear.

Erik Strauts has directed an impressive production team and a solid cast presenting fine performances.

The play revolves around Talbot (Nick Fagan), an Australian lecturer in politics at an American University, who challenges his students and is admired by an intelligent and idealistic young Muslim, Marguerite (Yasmin Martin). Misunderstandings are afoot in their relationship as lecturer and student and quickly add to the developing conflicts that unravel for Talbot.

Nick Fagan (Talbot) and Yasmin Martin (Maarguerite)

Tim Edhouse, who plays Jack, the head of the University, is clearly the convincing villain with a charming smile who is bent on protecting the integrity of the department. Jack is the typical rogue bureaucrat we all have unfortunately encountered or suffered at some time. Jack is in fine company of the University Lawyer, Stan (Jarrod Chave), another rogue untroubled by his lack of conscience.

Tim Endhouse (Jack) and Kyla Booth (Amy.)

One of my favourite scenes which adds some humour to this political thriller is the verbal stoush between Eve (Jessica Carroll), Talbot's wife, a television and screenwriter who wants a baby, and Amy (Kyla Booth) who is Jack's alcoholic wife. Both ladies don't hold back as they say what they really mean.

Kyla Booth (Amy) and Jessica Carrol (Eve)

Emma Kerr and Jarrod Chave (Stan)

Intrigue and drama are introduced with the mysterious appearance of The Man or The Teacher by Steve Marvanek. Outfitted in black attire, black sunglasses, white gloves, he questions, insists upon truthful answers, judges and is a violent and dangerous threat to Talbot, and despite regular appearances, security cameras don't film him and we don't actually discover what he is really all about.

Steve Marvanek (The Man) and Nick Fagan (Talbot.)

As gripping as this production is, the play itself expects the audience to have a deep understanding of political history to allow such a long play to be easy to watch. Despite that, the overall theme and production of the play is exciting and entertaining and is bound to be a winner with the majority of audiences.
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Why? This powerful and provocative play will have you talking and thinking long after you leave the theatre.
When: Sat 5, Wed-Sat 9-12 & 16-19 May 2018 at 7.30pm and Sun 6 May 2018 at 4pm. After hours parking available in the University grounds.
Phone: Please contact Melanie Hibberd on 8313 5999
Where: Little Theatre, The Cloisters (off Victoria Drive, gate 10), University of Adelaide. Ticket machine in Cloisters parking area. WE RECOMMEND YOU ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR PARKING WHEN THERE IS AN EVENT ON AT ADELAIDE OVAL.
Cost: TICKETS: $28 Full / $23 Concession Online: (fee applies) Tickets at the door subject to availability Group Bookings:10 at concession rate. Online: (fee applies). - Theatre is Wheelchair Accessible.
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