THREE’S A CHARM FOR PLAYS

Wanneroo Times - - Train­ing & Ed­u­ca­tion - Tanya MacNaughton

FOR non-Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers, New York the­atre pro­duc­tion The Gabriels: Elec­tion Year in the Life of One Fam­ily might just be the best thing to emerge from the US 2016 elec­tion year.

Writ­ten by Tony Award­win­ning play­wright and di­rec­tor Richard Nel­son, who wrote the four-play se­ries The Ap­ple Fam­ily Plays, this tril­ogy is an eight-hour (in­clud­ing breaks) view­ing marathon at Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val 2017.

The three plays in The Gabriels cy­cle – Hun­gry, What Did You Ex­pect? and Women of a Cer­tain Age – fol­low the life of the Gabriel fam­ily as they pre­pare three din­ners in their Rhinebeck kitchen in up­state New York across eight months.

Hun­gry is on the night of March 4 (the Fri­day after Su­per Tues­day), What Did You Ex­pect? on the night of Septem­ber 16 (with the elec­tion in full swing) and Women of a Cer­tain Age on the evening of Elec­tion Day (Novem­ber 8).

Pre­miered in real time in

New York on the dates the plays are set, The Gabriels is no less rel­e­vant to PIAF au­di­ences who now get to view the pro­duc­tion in hind­sight.

It was a dif­fi­cult year for the US and the Gabriel fam­ily per­son­ally, who are deal­ing with the loss of their hus­band/son/brother.

These mile­stone mo­ments co­in­cide with their time­frame of deeply per­sonal ones – spread­ing Thomas Gabriel’s ashes, dis­cov­er­ing the fam­ily’s debt and the one-year an­niver­sary of his death.

The au­di­ence is wit­ness to the emo­tion, thoughts, mem­o­ries and ev­ery­day dis­cus­sion tak­ing place around the kitchen ta­ble.

The Gabriels is at Su­bi­aco Arts Cen­tre un­til Fe­bru­ary 18.

A scene from The Gabriels.

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