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The Rug at La Mama Theatre

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by Sam Barson (subscribe)
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The Rug - an acerbic social commentary on stage

An angry white man has a tantrum about how difficult it is being a white man. No, this is not parliamentary question time; this is Ben Grant's electropera, The Rug.

With a running time of just 45 minutes, The Rug is a hectic and hysteric satire on the so-called 'plight' of the modern day white man.

Ben Grant, a white male himself, has done a respectful job with the commentary he makes on his own demographic. He is self-aware and has clearly done much research on Australia's current situation, as well as its history of racial prejudice. It took some time to get used to his performance style, but once comfortable with what he was doing, it was a solid and clever solo performance.

Herbz's production design and Paul Lim's lighting design were exuberant, unpredictable and strangely glamorous. The dramatic design complimented the over-dramatic white man that was whining and prancing around the stage.

Rah Creation's set design was kindly simple, allowing the attention to be on Grant's performance, but serving his choreography when necessary.

The Rug is certainly not your typical piece of theatre, but a greatly refreshing one; it was exciting to see regularly visited themes tackled in such an irregular and entertaining way.

A must see for lovers of the absurd.

The Rug is playing at La Mama Courthouse from October 31st to November 11th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office on 03 9347 6142.
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When: 31st October - 11 November
Phone: 03 9347 6142
Where: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton
Cost: Full - $30, Concession - $20
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