Friday, August 23, 2013
True West Theatre and Riverside productions present RU4ME written and performed by Annie Byron. based on KISSING FROGS by Andee Jones in the Lennox Theatre, Riverside theatres, Parramatta.
RU4ME is a delightful evening in the theatre with a winsomely seductive Connie (Annie Byron) who relates to us her 'adventures' in the sphere of 'internet dating". This senior lady, seeking a 'partner' to attend 'art house movies' and, perhaps, other things, under the guidance of her daughter, Rosie, begins a series of ventures that are amusing and cautionary.
Ms Byron has adapted a book by Andee Jones, KISSING FROGS, and with the directorial assistance of Wayne Harrison, developed a 75 minute performance. The writing is swiftly to-the-point and full of entertaining anecdotes, acted out on a simple set of chairs, desk and lots of props - especially scarfs, from a deep, deep handbag - sitting on a raised platform, and backed by a video screen that introduces us to the images of some of the men on the 'trawl' (Set Design, Andrea Espinoza; Video and Lighting Design, Nicholas Higgins; Sound Design, Jeremy "Jed" Silver.) Ms Byron in her usual winning style: charming, vulnerable and welcoming, creates Connie as an adventuresome everywoman - someone we would like to know, someone we can trust as a guide to the 'perils' and 'pleasantries' of this very contemporary internet opportunity, and, maybe, even go to the art house movies with.
I had a very easy time, and the audience about me had a very good time, as well. RU4ME is a theatre delight written by Ms Byron for Ms Byron to play. This charming work is touring around the states and country over the next month and I can quite genuinely recommend it as a pleasantly, gently rewarding time.