Elvis one of comedy’s revelations
Mana Little Theatre’s next production, Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis, by Charlotte Jones, presents moments of exquisite comedy and thoughtful contemplation.
Jones described the production as her ‘‘sunniest play in many ways’’.
It begins with the idea of a girl with learning difficulties ice-skating in her front room.
She turns out to be ‘‘full of ancient wisdom’’.
At first glance, the comedy may seem to be about crossdressing, domination, iceskating and Elvis impersonation, but Jones says it is a play about revelation.
‘‘All the characters transform into better versions of themselves,’’ she said.
‘‘ Like all good comedies, you are laughing one minute and wondering why you are laughing the next.’’
The play is directed by Maureen Aitken, who also directed Humble Boy, another of Charlotte Jones’ plays, in 2012.
There are performances on September 24, 27, October 1 and 4 at 8pm; and September 28 at 3pm.
Elvis doubles: Elvis (Alan Stroud) putting Chinese Elvis (Dennis Lim) through his paces.