The Trouble with Harry
Reginald Theatre – The Seymour Centre
16 Feb – 03 Mar
So you’ve seen Moonlight, and now you need to see The Trouble with Harry. As much as Moonlight is the story of nuanced and sensual masculinity, Lachlan Philpott’s play The Trouble with Harry, currently showing at The Seymour Centre, is a telling portrayal of fluid identity and the movement between genders. Based on the real life events of Eugene Fallini (Wikipedia doesn’t even come close to doing her any justice) Philpott’s retelling is more mystery than history in this classic Australian story. Staged in the precocious Reginald Theatre right at the bottom of The Seymour Centre, producer and director Kate Gaul has hoisted this play onto the shores of an intimate landscape. The actors move freely within the confines of a tiered wooden stage, and give the illusion of being shipwrecked upon their own lives. Two lovers irrevocably intertwined, Harry Crawford (Jodie Le Vesconte) and his wife Annie Birkett (Jane Phegan) dance in unison towards their mutual demise where lies, fear and condemnation plague and eventually destroy them. To the sounds of an almost cinematic musical score, we see unfold at once the story of two lovers, their family and the people who watch them. The Trouble with Harry is a contemporary commentary on the vicious nature of rumor and the power of assumption, themes especially valid in today’s post-truth world.