By Joanna Murray-Smith. Melbourne Theatre Company (Vic). Director Simon Phillips Musical Director: Ian McDonald. Set and Costume Designer: Shaun Gurton. Video Designer: Chris More. Southbank Theatre, The Sumner. 8 November - 20 December, 2014
Pennsylvania Avenue is less about script, and more about performer. Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith has, after all, written this one-woman show for Bernadette Robinson to play, and what a performer she is! Director Simon Phillips completes the Trinity with his return to MTC.
A contemplative tone pervades as Harper reminiscences on her retirement day after 40 years service in the East Wing of the White House. Her improbable impact on Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush resemble a Forrest Gump influence.