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Monsoon Season (Thieriot Productions and All For One)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2019

Richard Thieriot and Therese Plaehn are excellent performers, with terrific comic timing and presence, but this isn’t the best showcase for their (considerable) talents. It follows a recently separated couple: Danny is struggling to adjust to life without his family in a dismal apartment (adjacent to a neon-lit strip club, sans-blinds). We watch his life unravel, as he grows increasingly manic and unhinged. Then, we watch the same events from the perspective of Julia (his Adderall addict and wannabe YouTuber ex-wife). It’s a solid structure, but the shifts from humour to pathos give you tonal whiplash, and the fundamental point is unclear: ultimately, though funny, neither is likeable enough to earn my sympathy (or stable enough to be a parent!). 

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]