Reviewer/Writer based in Melbourne. Keen interest in theatre, cabaret, circus, dance and any other form of performing arts.
Also a film, TV, fashion and art enthusiast.
Lived in Kyoto (04-06) and London (08-10).
Enjoy a good boardgame session with a nice glass of gin.
Young’s Crush, three employees working for a national newspaper struggle
with keeping their personal lives outside of the workplace as well as the news.
While the premise begins interestingly enough with its authentic office
atmosphere and entertaining tête-à-tête between Johnny the journalist and
Celia the editor, the writing struggles to remain on track with its
seeks to explore what happens when love and sex enter the workplace while at
the same time looking at office politics and the lengths people will go to to
break a story. Unfortunately the latter is barely probed and the outcome of
these decisions, such as whether Celia believes the paper should profit from
the death of her ex-partner, are more or less forgotten about as soon as they
there is a lack of believable vulnerability from the characters due to the
amount of time dedicated to the three of them discussing their feelings and
experiences in relation to people who are not in the show instead of between
themselves. As a result, there is little emotional impact throughout, where by
the conclusion of the play it still feels like we haven’t fully scrutinised
their fears and hopes on love.
issues with the writing, Seb Muirhead manages to bring depth to Johnny’s
bravado and sarcasm. His scenes with Mardi Edge (Celia) share a nice chemistry
and they play off each other well. However there are times in the second half
of the play where Edge’s delivery becomes awkward and her reactions appear
forced rather than genuine. This is mostly evident during her scenes with Fiona
Scarlett’s Laura as she attempts to show her contempt for the much younger and
attractive version of herself. Scarlett does well as the new receptionist but
emphasising her calculated thinking and cold intelligence would allow her big reveal
to be all the more affecting.
directorial debut, Isobel Summers succeeds in keeping the momentum going with
the material she has to work with. A few choices are questionable, such as
Celia’s exiting and entering the stage towards the end, but Summers has an
understanding of the story Young wants to share with Crush and works hard at
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