Opened 25 Feb 2009
Written: by Gardner McKay
Directed: William Schoular
Cast: Al Weaver, Alice Krige
Synopsis: Psychological thriller: When a charming stranger appears at psychologist Maude’s remote house in the LA hills one night, an innocent encounter soon becomes a sexually charged battle of wits. Is he merely a playful admirer or the ‘Toyer’, a disturbed man who performs unspeakable acts of violence on his female victims. A cat and mouse game of verbal, psychological and physical intrigue ensues, where one player must outwit the other.
What the popular press had to say.....
DOMINIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "It thrills. Not in a life-changing, heart-stopping way, but certainly for the 90-minute duration of William Scoular's finely judged production, you're held in thrall to the very old-fashioned need to know what happens next." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Gardner McKay’s two-hander had more impact on my stomach, which ended up a bit queasy, than on my pulse, which refused to race." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I cannot remember when I spent a more morally repellent 90 minutes in the theatre. I felt contaminated and degraded watching Toyer." BEN DOWELL for THE STAGE says, "Gardner McKay has written something very one-dimensional." QUENTIN LETTS for THE DAILY MAIL says, "Taut, chilling and only occasionally unbelievable."