|Photo by Robert Cato|
WINK, is an American play by Jen Silverman. Earlier in the year we saw a production of another of her plays: THE MOORS.
Sophie (Eloise Snape) and Gregor (Graeme McRae) are recently married but now drifting apart. Sophie has a cat. For Gregor, Sophie's attachment to their cat Wink (Sam O'Sullivan), is too uncomfortable for him to endure. He skins the cat - murder's it - and keeps it's pelt of fur in a box that becomes a sexual face-stroking turn-on!
Sophie and Gregor coping with the loss of the cat see their therapist, Dr Frans (Matthew Cheetham), who becomes illusionarily attached to WINK, manifesting materially Wink into a growing relationship. Dr Frans loves Wink. And ditto!
You must see WINK so that you can make head or tail of what is going on. It is a very intriguing proposition that Ms Silverman offers you in the form of a black, surrealistic comedy that may be dealing with contemporary urban relationships of a certain generation.
The acting by all the company is complimentary and charming in its understatedness and Director, Anthony Skuse alongside his Designer, Siobhan Jett O'Hanlon, make you comfortable with the circumstances of the playing space that is eerily lit by Phoebe Pilcher and is underlined with a wonderfully evocative Sound Design by Ben Pierpoint.
"WINK: THE SKINNING AND MURDER OF A CAT AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THOSE WHO KNOW HER."
An interesting and oddly, satisfying night! What with TREVOR, the talking monkey, and now WINK, the talking cat, the KXT is serving in spades, someone's fetish (not mine).
P.S. These artists have not given any biographical acknowledgement of the writer in the program. Very Sydney!