By Jon Robin Baitz. Ensemble Theatre, Sydney. Director: Mark Kilmurry. 4 September – 18 October, 2014
Another cracking Broadway play gets a first Sydney production at the ever-alert Ensemble. Jon Robin Baitz’s ‘Xmas reunion from Hell’ family drama is smart, funny and bitingly confronting. It’s played up to the hilt by a cast that revels in the terrific dialogue and peel-away family secrets.
“I don’t have a bigoted bone in my body,” declares Polly (Deborah Kennedy), the loudmouthed, bigoted matriarch of the Wyeth family, as she welcomes her wary daughter Brook (Lisa Gormley) to her first Xmas at home for 6 years.