by Paul Gilchrist
The reviews are in!
"Gilchrist has assembled a strong cast, led by Keays, who delivers a clear and strongly felt performance and she’s very capably supported by Alice Keohavong as Cristina’s little sister.
Kelly Robinson, Sonya Kerr and Sinead Curry offer vivacious cameos as Christina’s narcissistic, social media-obsessed friends. Stephen Wilkinson is a sympathetic Gabriel, flummoxed by Cristina’s withdrawal. Peter McAllum and Helen Tonkin pair well as Cristina’s parents.
Gilchrist’s text is a rich and frequently humorous one...."
Jason Blake from The Sydney Morning Herald
'the script is poignant and beautiful....the performances are strong and effective.....Cristina in the Cupboard is a timeless work that speaks with intellectual and emotional clarity, and should be staged every place there is a thinking audience'
'a surprise joy.....a must for serious theatre-goers with a sterling cast, some of which may be household names in the not too distant future. As an audience member I entered a little theatrical cupboard in a gallery basement, and left with a feeling of being part of the grand magic of theatre"
Sydney Arts Guide
'a stunning performance by Sylvia Keays.....once again subtlenuance has intrigued and entertained.....insightful and evocative writing; economically but imaginatively presented with a well chosen and very convincing cast.....it is often side-splittingly funny'
South Sydney Herald
'Gilchrist has done a deft job....Sylvia Keays demonstrates enormous resolution in her characterisation. Her skills draw the audience in and they are compelled to listen to her story. …Stephen Wilkinson has a unique presence on stage …(he) is a treat to watch ….Alice Keohavong matched Keays’ skill and warmth. With a voice to fill the room, Keohavong showed great versatility. It was great fun and quite impressive to watch her perform … the supporting cast pulled together to perform as the chorus of concerned friends – there were certainly no weak links in this production. …Gilchrist surely has a knack for writing. As an experiment in comic magic realism it certainly serves its purpose.'
Dinner and a Show
“I found Cristina in the Cupboard both deeply fascinating and profoundly troubling. For the eighty five minutes of the show, I found myself mesmerised...”
Theatre from the Backseat
'There's plenty to like about the enjoyable Cristina in the Cupboard especially a dedicated performance by Sylvia Keays in the lead role'
'Sylvia Keays provides us a strong performance as Christina. She has an ethereal quality that evokes just enough magic, without appearing too whimsical..... Erica and Belinda are played ...brilliantly by Sonya Kerr and Sinead Curryin an amusing display of one upmanship...... Alice Keohavong, Helen Tonkin, Peter McAllum, Stephen Wilkinson and Kelly Robinson, all give first-rate performances.....don't miss this'
Everyone needs time out.
Everyone needs to get away.
Not everyone does it like this.
Cristina in the Cupboard is a spellbinding experiment in comic magical realism.
The story of an unusual retreat, and a remarkable victory, it’s the latest work by critically acclaimed writer director Paul Gilchrist.
“Gilchrist is great with words….obviously a playwright worth watching” Media Culture.
With Cristina in the Cupboard, subtlenuance return to the world of magical realism they first explored in their 2008 debut production, True Times Three:
“I can’t really bring to mind the last time I laughed as loud and, almost amidst it, felt the agony of intense searing tragedy” Australian Stage Online
Playful and provocative, Cristina in the Cupboard tells of one woman’s quest to live life entirely on her own terms.
Join Cristina on a breathtaking inner journey, as she navigates illusion, weathers dismay, and discovers wonder.
“Of all the things to fear, the worst to fear is joy”
Written and directed by Paul Gilchrist
With Sinead Curry, Sylvia Keays, Alice Keohavong, Sonya Kerr, Peter McAllum, Kelly Robinson, Helen Tonkin and Stephen Wilkinson
Sound Designer Ashley Walker
Stage Manager Tom Massey
6 - 17 November 2013
Preview 6 November
TAP Gallery, Downstairs Theatre
278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
(entry via Burton Street gallery entrance)
Tue to Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm
$25 / $20 / Cheap Tue $15 / Preview $15
Bookings 0481 514 945