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What Would Cathy Do? (40 Watt Pearl – Australia)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2017

A foul-mouthed woman in filthy clothes confronts us. Don’t you dare call her a junkie, she says – she isn’t one. She’s just been cast as one in a feature film, and is researching her role. Or maybe she hasn’t. Fantasy, reality and delusion coalesce in this short one-woman show, set among the down-and-outs of Sydney. Skye Wansey deftly tackles Chris Arontsen’s script, essaying the task of portraying a woman we’re never sure we can trust, handling a broad emotional range with dexterity. It requires a tolerance for ambiguity, an acceptance that you’re not getting answers to the questions it poses, and this does make it all feel a little threadbare. It’s interesting, though. Moments will stick with you.

C Primo, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]