Friday 24 August 2012 | By Katie Cunningham
ED2012 Theatre Review: Still Life – An Audience With Henrietta Moraes (Sue MacLaine)
A model for and lover of various Bohemian artistic characters, Henrietta Moraes lived a very, very interesting life. And this biographical monologue is a perfect way to understand her. Actress Sue MacLaine is warm, funny, cruel and cynical. She’s also naked, and the audience is encouraged to sketch her throughout the performance. What sounds like a gimmick is actually an integral part of the play, an element that allows us a chance to see Moraes through art, as she was seen when she was alive. The writing is stunning, from the well structured witty opening stories, to the tragic, poetic end, but beyond that, MacLaine transformed herself into Moraes. Her performance, which starts out feeling dramatic, becomes the character; she felt completely real.
Whitespace, 2-27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 5.15pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Katherine Cunningham]