Boston Marriage is a quick-fire comedy riddled with the wicked wit of the acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning, storyteller David Mamet – the storyteller creative behind Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow as well as The Untouchables, Hannibal and more. With sarcasm and ribald banter it chips away at the pretensions and proprieties of high society and blows apart class distinction, while exploring the compromise needed to keep a marriage alive.
Boston Marriage is directed by Andrea Moor, who delighted audiences and critics alike and won a Matilda Award for 2013's Venus in Fur. Leading the cast is the multi-awarded actor acclaimed for her work across film, television and theatre in Amanda Muggleton. While the London-born Muggleton is perhaps most famous for her role in the iconic series Prisoner, she has become one of Australia's best-loved, most versatile and colourful leading ladies. Brisbane-born, NIDA-graduate Rachel Gordon has worked in some of the country's most iconic productions – most notably Bue Heelers where she played Detective Senior Constable Amy Fox. Sisters of War's Helen Cassidy completes the star cast for Boston Marriage (more on the cast below).
The play also promises a veritable frock fest on stage – with the cast donning stunning custom-designed period costumes from the talents of Stephen Curtis, one of Australia's leading stage and costume designers.
The erudite Anna and Claire dwell together on the fringes of the Boston elite, but to keep themselves in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed, Anna has been accepting expensive presents from a wealthy married man who's become besotted by her. Claire, meanwhile, is aging disgracefully and is set on seducing a much younger woman, and wants not only Anna's blessing but her help. According to Director Andrea Moor, the core message is that true love will win out.
"Essentially it's a girl gets girl story. The fact that the love interest is between two women is sort of by and by. We witness the complicated emotional landscape of their relationship that has us laughing, holding our breath in disbelief that anyone could say such things, and desperately wanting our Anna to win the day. It's simply hysterically funny! Audiences will love the characters, the language, the jokes and the thrill of the suspense. It's a fast paced comedy of bad manners. They will take away that wonderful feeling when a cast have transported you to their world, cajoled you in to their dilemma and celebrated the winning of the challenge with you! This is a witty delicious night in the theatre."
Tickets are available at queenslandtheatre.com.au or by calling 136 246.
On tour to nine Regional Queensland venues: 17 February – 26 March.
Curious to see behind the scenes? Take a look HERE.