The Dance of Jeremiah - La Boite Theatre Company Brisbane 2005
by Matthew Ryan
“I’m a therapist, and I’m here to help you.”
If you believe that, you can believe that Jerry can manage without Tom, that paper umbrellas will drop from the sky, that love wears a green polka-dot skirt, that your self-help tape starts ringing your mobile, and that an office desk can take a dislike to you and chase you around the room.
All these things happen to Jeremiah Daniels, except perhaps the first, for when his whiz-bang mentor in the nameless advertising agency drowns himself, the old team of Tom and Jerry is no more, and Jerry’s choice is whether to go for Tom’s old job, or follow his newly-awakening conscience and chuck it all in.
For Tom begins to recognise that, like the advertisements he creates, he is a message without a product, a construct designed to create a void and then fill it, a super-efficient player in a game that isn’t worth the effort.
If this play is starting to sound like David Mamet on a bad day, or Death of a Salesman meets Samuel Beckett, relax, for it isn’t the existential desert it might seem from that description. It combines the Absurdist techniques of Ionesco with the comic brilliance of the Monty Python team, with the underlying satisfaction of some recognisable truth.
It is one of the funniest Australian plays to hit our stage in many years, a bizarre piece of surrealist comedy with side-splitting physical components, and the only time it begins to sag is in the second half, where realism creeps in for a few stodgy minutes and we begin to care about these people as human beings, rather than as characters in a morality play.
The Dance of Jeremiah La Boite - Iain Gardiner, Daniel Murphy, Hayden Spencer, Georgina Symes, Neridah Waters
Director - Sean Mee
Designer - Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting - Jo Currey
Stage Manager - Anika Vilee
Playbill / Program Date Oct 2005
Size 145 x 210 mm
Condition: Used Good 8/10
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