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Trilogy means three of anything and the three at Marloo Theatre's One Act play season collectively called Trilogy offer excellence in three forms.

The first play is Political Correction and about 'We the young people of today' being heartily sick of 'you, the political vermin of today' and what they intend to do about it.

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Harrison MacLennan, Melissa Scott and Alex Sutton in 'Political Correction' at Marloo (Photo by Steve Scott)

The play is written by local aspiring playwright, James Forte, and is one of a series of one act plays he has written for young actors. The three actors in this play are Alex Sutton as the wily politician Frank Armstrong MP. Alex is nowhere near the right age for the part but he makes up for it with acting and style.

The crafty siblings, Colin and Sarah are played respectively by Melissa Scott and Harrison MacLennan. Melissa is by turns crafty and scheming or sweet and innocent. She is, for one so young, quite experienced and it shows. Harrison is lovely as the bewildered brother dragged into her schemes and his playing of the hapless Colin is a treat to watch.

The play was well directed by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce, whose other plays at Marloo Theatre include Romeo and Juliet and My Fair Lady. He is also directing Macbeth which goes up as a part of the big Shakespeare Festival in April of 2014.

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Things turn nasty in 'Political Correction

The second play is also by a local playwright, Noel O'Neill and examines the lives of two sisters - Holly (Catriona Coe) and Ivy (Sandra Sando) who have lost their mother on Christmas Eve. The scene is somewhere in Scotland and the accents are authentic but understandable. They are joined by a tipsy friend of the family, Tommy (Ray Egan) and together they explore some of the family tensions and causes.

The play is very sensitively handled by the highly experienced cast and while it deals with some hard subjects ends on a note of hope and love. I found it very moving and beautifully acted.

The last play is quite different. La Divina Speaks is supposedly Maria Callas in conversation at a party given at the home of Elsa Maxwell some time in the sixties. It is written by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce, the director of the first play of the evening.

Maria Callas is played by Elisa Wilson, an opera singer of international repute and glorious voice. This is, she tells me her first 'straight acting role' and she does it incredibly well. She starts and ends the play with an aria. O Mio Babbino Caro to begin with, a tremendous crowd pleaser and ends with Vissi d'art from Tosca.

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Elisa Wilson plays Maria Callas at Marloo (Photo by DTP)

Both are by Puccini, and as sung by Miss Wilson, raise hairs on the back of your neck and the power and warmth of her voice are something you have to experience to believe.

In between the two Callas entrances with stories of growing up in America, her early life, the war years in Greece and snippets about opera. She is by turns beguiling, bitchy (about Jackie Kennedy), sad, vicious and always vivacious. At the end one feels that you have been given a glimpse into the heart of Callas and treated to a tour de force by Elisa.

Community, but by no means amateur, theatre at its best.

Trilogy runs until the 14th September and there are still seats available. Book by ringing Gwyne on 9255 1783.

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Why? Three brilliant plays, all different, all excellent
When: 2:00pm and $8:00pm
Phone: 9255 1783
Where: Marloo Theatre, Marloo Road, Greenmount, WA
Cost: $20 full, $18 concession
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