When your banker dad who has a penchant for younger bombshells decides to remarry you probably have some idea of what the lucky girl might be like… blonde, brainless, beautiful, and big-chested. Fury is all of those things with an added bonus – she is a fundamental Christian and a member of the Tea Party, with striking similarities in ideology to Sarah Palin.
When Dad Married Fury is acclaimed Australian playwright David Williamson’s newest work for the Ensemble Theatre, a comedy about two brothers, their very different wives, and their struggles to win over both their father’s affection and his billions. The set design by Marissa Dale-Johnson features money splattered over the walls, furniture and floor, a theme that is the focus of the lives of the desperate characters who are fighting internal battles between their lust for luxury and power, and their self-respect.
Warren Jones, Jamie Oxenbould and Nick Tate are brilliant in the roles of father and sons, and Ensemble regular Lorraine Bayly seals the show with her tear-jerking performance as a widowed mother-in-law who finally gives the black-hearted Alan a piece of her mind. As usual, the bleak humour and witticisms of Williamson don’t fail to disappoint.
Until Jun 16, Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli, $29-69, 9929 0644, ensemble.com.au
Jun 22 & 23, Theatre Royal, 108 King St, Sydney, 132 849, $35-65, theatreroyal.net.au