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Wheel of Fortune at Metro Arts

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
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"Erotic, ugly, obscene, beautiful, strange and sometimes disturbing" was the media promo for this play…. and it certainly lived up to its billing. It was weirdly erotic and at times disturbing, but very funny with some terrific comedic moments that made the audience laugh out loud.

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Wheel of Fortune is a play following the lustful adventures of Brisbane folk…boy, girl and a girl that was a boy.

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It's a Brisbane summer as the talented cast play out a secret roulette of salacious encounters throughout the River City with the audience led to follow a trail of clothes and emotions strewn across the city. "Let's Talk About Sex Baby" is the common theme in several individual but linked playlets with the players performing a type of 'Relationship Domino".

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The play starts with a public servant wandering the riverside late at night and who allures an eager American marine who captivates an au pair, who is then seduced by a schoolboy, who charms his biology teacher, who is married to a lawyer, who is secretly enticing a socialite, and who becomes the muse of a portrait photographer that once had a love affair with an actress that ravished a measured politician that enchanted the attention of the public servant. Got it?

The audience - from across the generations- certainly got it as the play explores sexual morality and points at a class divide with everyone having sex as the common denominator and portraying their hook ups and hang ups.

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It is set against an impressive screen backdrop of contemporary, but definitely not tourism styled video clips of Brisbane.

Wheel of Fortune is based on the once-banned classic La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzer and it's easy to see why it was banned in its day (1897) with its provocative sexual themes, although it was not performed fully until the 1920's.

Writers Troy Armstrong, Richard Jordan, Jacki Mison and Krystal Sweedman have taken the central theme and brought it to a modern setting in Brisbane, although it could be any major city.

Wheel of Fortune is an entertaining, somewhat thought-provoking, at times poignant, but very humorous and an excellent nights theatre.

Wheel of Fortune plays at the Metro Arts cinema, The Lumen Room, 30 May – 9 June. Tickets on sale now at
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Why? Wheel of Fortune
When: Until 9 June 2018
Phone: 3002 7100
Where: Metro Arts Theatre, 109 Edward St Brisbane
Cost: Various
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