DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

THE POI­SON TREE, 13th Street, 8.30pm

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Saturday -

DAD’S com­ing home to­day. From jail. Karen, his wife, and Alice, their teenaged daugh­ter, are wait­ing at the gate with the Volvo. Rex, the hus­band, is eva­sive about his scars (he says they’re from hot oil/his wife thought he worked in the gar­den) but this isn’t the prob­lem. They’re both so jit­tery about Alice find­ing out ‘‘ the truth’’ that it feels like one per­son too few went to jail. For what­ever the crime was. Rex can’t get a job, so it’s some­thing ca­reer­lim­it­ing. They’re des­per­ate to hide their big se­cret though. Let’s hope it ac­tu­ally is big, when we even­tu­ally find out.

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