The Golden Girls are back - in puppet form The 80s lives
Ahh, the 80s. So much hairspray. So much excess. So much fun!
If you grew up in the 80s you will remember all the hit TV shows, and you'll probably still be singing quite a few of their theme songs in your head at the drop of a hat. So it's with this nostalgic joy in mind that the Seymour Centre, Matthew Management and Neil Gooding Productions brings you Thank You for Being a Friend, a tribute show featuring the characters from the classic 80s TV show The Golden Girls. If that's not enough to get you interested, then you should also know that the lead characters Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and feisty little Sophia all take to the stage in puppet-form, in a kind of Avenue Q-esque performance.
Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia and Rose - in puppet form - in Thank You for Being a Friend, now on at the Seymour Centre until 28th February 2014
The beauty of this play is that it really is a tribute to those mature matriarchs of Miami, with each cast member hamming it up on stage. Chrystal de Grussa has sassy, sexy Blanche down to a tee, complete with a southern accent. Julie Billington as sweet and innocent Rose will have you giggling with every line she utters that starts with, "Back in St. Olaf". Donna Lee as Sophia is every bit as spirited and aggressive as the on-screen character you remember her to be and Darren Mapes plays Dorothy. That's right, a dude plays her, because we will always remember Bea Arthur as Dorothy of the Deep Voice.
Like any great 80s television episode, the characters touch on the social issue of the day, and this performance is no different. Blanche's son Jeremiah (Nigel Turner-Carroll) arrives in town and announces he's having a baby with his gay lover. Very much the hetero, Blanche is non-plussed by this announcement, proclaiming she doesn't want her son to have a "Chinese Takeout Baby". Will Blanche build a bridge and get over herself, or will she ruin her relationship with her son? What nuggets of wisdom from St. Olaf will Rose dish out? And why do they always solve their problems in either the living room or at the kitchen table?
It's also worth mentioning that real effort was made production-wise to ensure you were transported back to the 80s for the duration of the show. The stage itself was beaming in 80s decor (we're taking lots of wicker furniture, wood panelling and pastel everything), and in between scenes you'll even be treated to 80s-era commercials!
If you're looking for a fun night out with friends, then heading to Thank You for Being a Friend will deliver all the laughs you need. The show runs until 28th February so get in quick before you miss out!
Thank You for Being a Friend can be seen at the Seymour Centre now until 28th February. Tickets*: Golden Class VIP $60, Adult $48, Conc $44 For more information visit www.thankyouforbeingafriend.com.au/ or call the Seymour Centre on 02 9351 7940