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Sometimes you see a production that so beautifully pulls form and content together that it becomes the perfect icing on a delicious cake. This is the way I feel about Queensland Theatre Company's first for the 2013 Season, a double-bill by Peter Houghton
: The Pitch
(directed by Catarina Hebbard
) and The China Incident
(directed by Daniel Evans
Both plays are about role-playing. To hit their marks both require actors of imagination with a mastery and control of stagecraft - the key ingredients for great role-playing. Both plays are monodramas - extended monologues - requiring stamina and all the power of concentration their cast can muster. The one-person play is the supreme test for the actor; the risks are high but the rewards marvellous if it all works. Fortunately and marvellously for us Barbara Lowing
and Hugh Parker
fit the bill and their roles like a glove.
Two characters Bea Pontivec (Ms Lowing) and Walter Weinermann (Mr Parker) are under pressure: he's a writer preparing to pitch a new movie to potential producers; she's a high-level, political PR consultant jockeying clients and a family wedding. Their respective clocks are ticking - Walter's got an hour to get his movie together; she to wrangle a genocidal African general, the President of the US, the UN, her in-laws, stroppy daughter and .... you get the idea?
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