On 5 December a group of our members and friends attended the Alfred Hitchcock play North by Northwest at QPAC. This is an adaptation of the screen classic starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.
Starring Matt Day as Roger O Thornhill and Amber McMahon as Eve Kendall in the leading roles, the thriller unfolded before our eyes including some very intense moments brought to life with some clever technology. The scene where Roger is being chased by a Crop Duster and the subsequent crash involving the plane and a truck was very effective and loud.
The story is that of a man who is mistaken for a government agent in the Cold War era and the lengths the spies go to in trying to capture or kill him.
He is unable to make them believe he is not the man they are seeking and so begins the chase across the country involving many action packed scenes.
These pursuers have a co-conspirator in Eve who ultimately we find out is working as a double agent. Of course this soon becomes apparent and with Eve now helping Roger to escape they fall in love.
Mount Rushmore also features prominently particularly in the final act where the couple being chased by spies, climb up and down over the heads of the 4 presidents.
This is a romantic/comedic/thriller and the cast do well in taking us on their journey. All the character actors play their many roles well.
Alfred himself also makes an appearance in a scene as he did in all his movies.
A very unusual show but one you had to see to appreciate. There are many light comedic touches which makes for much more than just a spy thriller. A good imagination is also helpful.
Our next outing is a change of pace as we are booked for The Jersey Boys in January. We are planning an interesting set of theatre experiences for 2019, so if you’re interested in theatre or opera, why not consider joining Sherwood Probus.