Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards

Saturday, 30 November, 1996

This is an interesting play that requires a certain taste. It has a lot of twists and turns and is funny in places. A tragic love story , a matter of honour and religion, will the good guys triumph over the bad guys?

The acting by all is convincing, with the best performances from Olwen Fouere who plays the caring 'Empress Kenrei Mon-In' and David Haig who plays the bad guy, Lord Morotaka.

The stage at the Cottesloe has been transformed again, with all the seats down the side aisles and all the action taking place in the middle. This worked very well , particularly with the center piece of the stage which moved from one side of the stage to the other when needed.

The Japanese music that is played throughout most of the play complimented it beautifully. It was very relaxing, so much so I noticed a few heads nodding off!

(Darren Dalglish)

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