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Sexy Laun­dry Re­view by Ed­ward Car­leton-Holmes

Waipuku­rau’s Lit­tle The­atre’s pro­duc­tion of Sexy Laun­dry by Cana­dian play­wright Michele Riml is set in an ex­pen­sive ho­tel room where a mar­ried cou­ple are try­ing to reignite their mar­riage.

Alice (Julie Hales) thinks the spark has gone and has dragged hus­band Henry (Steve Parker) along for a week­end of sexy shenani­gans to, hope­fully, jazz things up. She has a book, she’s taken notes and she has plans. Henry has none of those things and quite frankly doesn’t see the point. Need­less to say Alice’s plans fall some­what flat.

Riml takes a light-hearted and of­ten very in­sight­ful look at the prob­lems and frus­tra­tions of mid-life and long mar­riage (25 years and count­ing in this case), and this pro­duc­tion de­liv­ers those in­sights very well. Julie Hales de­liv­ers her ‘Alice’ with near bound­less en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm and a strong sense for her char­ac­ter’s emo­tional highs and lows, all of which bounced around, over, off and some­times through the more emo­tion­ally solid char­ac­ter of hus­band Henry.

Steve Parker, in the first act, strug­gled a lit­tle with his lines and de­liv­ery at times, mostly due to nerves and lack of re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence, but his char­ac­ter was al­ways sound, and he pro­vided an ex­cel­lent foil to Alice. By the sec­ond act his emo­tive de­liv­ery of char­ac­ter was eas­ily up to the chal­lenge. Both ac­tors were ob­vi­ously com­fort­able with each other and their char­ac­ters, mak­ing it very easy to be­lieve they had been mar­ried for 25 years.

Lind­say Bishop has de­liv­ered a free-flow­ing, quick­fire pro­duc­tion, al­low­ing the char­ac­ters to shine as they strug­gle to save a mar­riage while learn­ing about them­selves, with laughs, and thought-pro­vok­ing mo­ments along the way, mak­ing for a de­light­fully en­ter­tain­ing show that is over all to soon.

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