Director: Lynne Parker
Writer: Mark Cantan
Reviewer: Ciara Murphy
Presented by Rough Magic, Jezebel, is a comical farce which is energetic, witty and a truly great time.
After eight months in a new relationship logical statistical analyst Alan (Peter Daly) and bold self-help guru Robin (Margaret McAuliffe) are struggling to keep the spice in their sex life. Quickly running out of ideas, and with all two-way avenues pursued they begin to look outside their relationship for some added excitement. Jezebel, played by Valerie O’Connor; a quirky artist with no luck in love enters the frame as the solution to their problems and the adventure they were looking for takes a comedic twist into the unexpected.
From the start the two independent storylines operate parallel to each other and when they meet it really works. Parker’s direction here guides the audience through the increasingly complicated maze of the plot and treats them to a delicious slice of dramatic irony which enhances the comedy of the piece.
Superb comic timing is what is needed to pull off a production like this but the production is slow to start. It build pace and confidence as the story grows however and leads up to an energetic and satisfying crescendo to finish. The set and lighting, designed by Ciarán O’Melia compliment each other well and give a solid structure to a storyline that is wild and unpredictable.
Rarely do actors work together with a unity that is seen in this production of Jezebel, but here Daly, McAuliffe and O’Connor work together with great comic chemistry that means no one is forgotten. Cantan’s script is the backbone of this piece and Parker runs with it to create something exciting and entertaining. Once it gets going the audience is rarely silent as the performances many witty quips about a few relationship home truths resonate with the eager audience. As the play progresses the time truly flies as the plot and the skill of the actors catches the audience in a whirlwind of action and farce.
Ending on a high, and with an abundance of laughs, this is a production that will brighten up the darkest winter evening.
Photo courtesy of Rough Magic. Runs until the 6th of February.