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Take a Chance on Me - Review

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by Jacqx Melilli (subscribe)
Jacq of all Trades, Master of Writing
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Take a chance on love, lust, or losing

This is an unloved story. Take a Chance on Me follows six people, from various ages and professions, on their hilarious journey through the dating circuit after finding themselves suddenly single. Take a Chance on Me is so well written that many would be able to relate to at least one of the characters. New Zealand playwright Roger Hall has hit the nail on the head in this witty, steamy and relatable play about trying to find love again whilst nursing a bruised heart.

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Liz (Shelley Jacks) and Eric (Martin Jennings) amazingly take on various roles, including children on parental weekend visits. Both are hilarious and engaging as they whisk themselves on and off the stage returning each time as different characters, complete with new hairdos, clothes and accents. They are truly fantastic.

Brian, played by David Law, is a sweet piece of eye candy as the plumber trying his luck in wooing lawyer, Ellie, played by the sizzling Katrina Lardner. Of course, she doesn't bat an eyelid as she looks down her nose at the mere labourer, so he moves on to Fleur, played by Imogen Hannah, with hilarious (traumatic for Fleur) results. His pathetic attempts at 'sweeping a girl off her feet' end up with paid services, and the ultimate trip to Thailand for the surprise of his life. Let's just say he had his clothes off more often than on for the most part so don't bring the kiddies to this one. Ellie, the upper-class lawyer, finally cracks, after a few bad experiences, and lowers her standards for a quick fix with the bike courier.

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Laney McLean, who plays widowed Lorraine never disappoints. Her hilarious drunken scene with her 'dummy' date is memorable. Clem Halpin plays widower Dan, the retired banker who discovers 'he's still got it'. Chris Catherwood is endearing as Tim the shy and boring pharmacist.

Don't be deceived by the small, plain stage. Once the curtain opens, magic happens thanks to the brilliant teamwork of director, Helen Maden and stage manager, Del Halpin. Helen has done a brilliant job in bringing this play to life. It's truly amazing how she's been able to create so many different settings and scenarios with such a small budget. Helen is obviously highly respected by her cast and crew who obviously worked equally hard to make sure the audience's experience was a fabulous one. Roger Hall's diversity of characters is what makes this play so endearing. He is to be commended on a fine piece of work made all the more enjoyable because of its honesty.

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Take a Chance on Me is fast-paced and funny. The dialogue is delicious as are the characters. Treat yourself to a fun time out of dating (from a safe distance) and the anguish that goes with it. Whether you take the opportunity to view the show with a first date partner is completely up to you. It could be the perfect ice-breaker. And yes, there is a happy ending for one couple but you'll have to book in to see it to find out who it is.

Community theatre is intimate and special in its own way. I certainly appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into every production. Treat yourself to a night out at the theatre. It's cheaper than dining out and will enrich your mind with a new experience.

Take A Chance On Me was performed in the Basement Theatre at Spotlight Theatre. It is a small, intimate, air-conditioned theatre located under the main theatre in Benowa. Rather than theatre seats, it is set up with chairs and small tables. It has a fully licensed bar and opening night tickets include a light supper after the show giving you an opportunity to socialise and meet the cast and crew.

I recommend you book in as early as possible, especially if you are planning to go as a group, as the Basement Theatre is a small theatre with limited seating.

Take a Chance on Me was performed at the Spotlight Theatre, Benowa, QLD

Directed by: Helen Maden

Liz Shelley Jacks
Eric Martin Jennings
Lorraine Laney McLean
Tim Chris Catherwood
Dan Clem Halpin
Brian David Law
Fleur Imogen Hannah
Ellie Katrina Lardner

Reviewed on 15 September 2017 by Jacquelin Melilli

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Why? Watch the pain of dating from a distance
When: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 15th September to the 1st of October 2017 at 8pm. Sunday matinee at 2pm, 17th & 24th of September & 1st of October 2017.
Phone: (07) 5539 4255
Where: Spotlight Theatre 185-187 Ashmore Road, Benowa, QLD.
Cost: $20 to $30
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