Lo­cal theatre re­view: it’s ‘The Per­fect Mur­der’

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DANIEL HUTCHIN­SON Even if you don’t make a habit of watching plays I would rec­om­mend you head down to Cen­tre Stage Taupo¯ ’s lat­est pro­duc­tion ‘The Per­fect Mur­der’.

This is a par­tic­u­larly dark com­edy that will have you squirm­ing in your seat from the first minute.

It weaves sex, be­trayal and com­edy in a way that will get you laugh­ing your arms off one minute and deeply in­volved in some­one else’s do­mes­tic the next.

The hap­less cou­ple at the cen­tre of the play - Vic­tor Smi­ley played by Don Shanks and Joan Smi­ley, played by Jenni Hill - are fab­u­lously twisted and down­right un­like­able. But also hys­ter­i­cally funny.

Al­lur­ing Pol­ish sex worker Kamila Walchek is played fan­tas­ti­cally well by Emily Sul­li­van.

Peter Moore plays taxi driver and ‘‘lover’’ Don Kirk and he lit­er­ally throws him­self into the bed­room scenes with huge gusto. Se­ri­ous and un­flap­pable de­tec­tive Roy Grace is played by Robert Steven, who makes a great first foray into act­ing with his key role.

The play is di­rected by Sharon Shanks and she has man­aged to build the sus­pense right un­til the very end.

The mys­tery deep­ens and the plot twists and turns, leav­ing the au­di­ence in sus­pense through­out.

I’ll def­i­nitely be at­tend­ing more shows like this in the fu­ture.

There are still tick­ets avail­able for Sun­day [2pm] and Tues­day [7.30pm] from Cen­treS­tageTaupo.co.nz

CEN­TRE STAGE TAUPO

VETPlus col­leagues Don Shanks and Jenni Hill tak­ing their work to the next level.

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