Cast: 3 Male / 1 Female
Length: Two Acts (110 minutes)
Mike, Dave and Julian spend a weekend in a garden shed determined to break an age-old mystery. Armed with a case of beer, a box of girlie magazines and a holy book they are going to "understand women". What they discover is not quite what they expected. Understanding Women is a comedy play for both sexes!
Dave: Mid forties to mid fifties, married for 20 - 25 years, two teenage or adult kids. Dave is very practical and down to earth; He is dressed rougher, is unshaven and has a roughness about his manner.
Mike: Late thirties to mid forties. Could be same age or younger than Dave but any age difference has no manifestation in their friendship, he has a problem with committing himself to relationships. A schoolteacher, Mike uses his knowledge of things to put himself above others. He is clean, well dressed, turns on the charm for the ladies but is coarse around the men.
Julian: Younger than Dave, possible to be as young as late twenties but could be as old as Mike, hasn’t had a relationship since primary school. Clerical / administrative career, is good with ideas but useless with their application. He is dressed a little out of fashion, but not a geek or a nerd to look at. He can tend to be clumsy and uncomfortable under pressure.
Dianne: An attractive woman of indeterminate age.
Royalty / Performance Fee:
$75 per performance (USA)
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IT might not provide any answers but Theatre Whakatane’s production of the comedy Understanding Women isn’t short on laughs.
The curtain opens to reveal the uniform shed of a typical local male - cluttered and messy, with the token girlie calendar on the toilet door and we are immediately catapulted into the intimate world of three very different men.
I can only imagine that this is what it would be like to be a fly on the wall during a men’s drinking session - as I watched them, sometimes in complete bewilderment, while the threesome pondered the meaning of life.
Dave, Mike and Julian - played by Brian Skilling, Dave McMeeking and Mark Howell respectively - couldn’t be more different.
Dave has been married for a hundred years, Mike is a lady’s man and Julian is shy and inexperienced.
Each character brings his own charm to the play - Dave is the silent and burly type, Mike is suave and confident and Julian is completely clueless. Because of these obvious and accentuated differences, they tend to bounce off each other as they push their individual ideas.
Each actor performs well and appears well suited to their character.
The dialogue flows easily, flitting naturally from topic to topic and, apart from a noticeable lack of profanities that you would normally assume to be abundant when men get drinking, the conversation is believable and humorous.
But there is more to this play than just drunken ponderings, with role-playing, cross-dressing, relationship-profiling and even a bit of DIY torture.
Some of the play’s unique charm lies in its authenticity, from the local Red beer to sizzling bacon, a boiling jug and sparking jumper cables.
As the weekend progresses, the mood deepens as the men delve into their “dark rooms” - although some only relent under the threat of torture.
Sheryl Goldie makes a cameo appearance in the second act in an attempt to extend each man’s character by showing their different reactions to a chance meeting and the men provide several soliloquies to explain the state of play throughout the show.
Quick, witty dialogue makes for a fast-moving story that, although it doesn’t get anywhere near the concept of “understanding women”, does reveal the extent of men’s cluelessness.
This is a real "local" comedy that is sure to appeal and entertain a wide cross-section of people.
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