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Tales from the Jazz Age, three plays by F. Scott Fitzgerald, directed by Pippa Thornton at the Rondo Theatre, Wednesday 5th July – Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm.

 

Prolific short story writer (they paid better than novels, thus supporting his extravagant lifestyle), F. Scott Fitzgerald is perhaps most well known for The Great Gatsby but he did write a few one act plays, and here we see the three best known: The Broken Lute, Porcelain and Pink and The Debutant.

All set in his preferred Jazz Age, 1920’s & 1930’s smart set, thus needing great costumes for the women plus black ties for the men, and we get them, seriously well dressed.

The Broken Lute is set in a well oiled party given by Anthony Patch, wealthy but funded by his abstemious grandfather, Adam, who arrives while things are in full flow.

Porcelain and Pink features a sumptuous white bath centre stage, occupied by and equally sumptuous blonde, “Happy as a garbageman’s dog.”  Mistaken identity makes this brief play the best for me, Lana Wright being perfect as Julie, the bath’s occupant.

The Debutant is a coming out party for Rosalind, thoroughly spoilt and playing the field.

The advantage of three plays is that if you don’t enjoy one, well wait, there’ll be another along in a few minutes, plus there’s some song and dance between plays.

And it’s a fundraiser for The Rondo which now enjoys a complete absence of any form of subsidy, so support your local theatre and get thee to Larkhall.

 

 

Philip Horton