Tony Laumbergs own life seems to have been the inspiration
for the material. Laumberg, like William, is a solicitor.
They both seem to also share a desire to write rather than
litigate. While the play hints at bigger themes it really
concerns itself with finding comedy in the situation and in
William has lived his life under the influence of other
peoples expectations. The epiphany that leads him to
follow his own dream strikes suddenly (and conveniently) at
the end of the play. It doesnt appear to be something
he struggles with, it just all of a sudden dawns on him. This
doesnt quite ring true, but Unsolicited Male can not
be faulted for this reason as it doesnt attempt to seriously
explore this issue.
Apart from a misconceived song and dance device used
to open and close the play, Unsolicited Male delivers what
it promises. Its a screwball comedy with plenty of jokes
that hit the mark.
The good: amazingly animated performances from Bruce
Menzies and Tricia Youlden.
The bad: less than inspiring lighting and sound design
The vibe: a laid back, entertaining night at the theatre
director: Richard Cotter
* genre: Comedy
* location: Edge Theatre Newtown (cnr King and Bray
* season ends: Sun 27th April
* cast_1: John Marsh, Bruce Menzies, Bronwen Gault
* cast_2: mark McCann, Tricia Youlden, Joan Rodd, Guro