21:30, Tue 24th – Sat 28th October 2006 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 3
‘Oh what a jolly family.’ Edward Albee’s caustic and cautionary play thrusts the audience to the empty soul of the prettily packaged American Dream. In a soulless apartment, domineering Mommy and sexless Daddy live with Grandma, whose senility makes her saner than the puppets of married life playing around her. The ‘unexpected’ visit of voracious and hypocritical do-gooder Mrs Barker reveals some deeply grotesque home truths. Yet the absurd emotional violence is delicately wrapped in the alluring shine of comedy, mirroring the disturbingly vacuous Mommy and Daddy’s attempts to claw onto the sheen and dazzling semblance of wholesome American ideals.