By Ebony Campbell
Christmas is about family; and family doesn’t always make sense. ‘Seasons Greetings’ also made little sense being shown in February. That did nothing to deter the crowds on Friday, resulting in an almost full house. Christmas decorations in the traditional red velvet-clad lobby transported the viewers to the festive season in style. If I was a few generations older I’m sure the event would have been my idea of an exciting Friday night. That’s not to say the entire evening was without entertainment; the courtesy message had me in a fit of silent giggles, proving that Gen Y were definitely not the intended demographic: ‘If you have a hearing aid please switch it to “T”’ and ‘Please switch off your mobile phone, if you have one.’
The witty dialogue delivered by stellar actors Bob Charteris and Andrew Givey kept the action interesting while the characters fumbled through the themes of infidelity, gender roles and violence in the media. Unfortunately, the quality acting was literally overshadowed when an entire scene was performed in semi-darkness for no apparent reason. I want to recommend this show, as it is clear hard work and community spirit have gone into making this a well-executed performance. But despite the best intentions, nothing could save this 120 minute display of directionless, dated storyline, from being tossed into the ‘if I’ve got nothing better to do’ pile of activities this summer.
‘Seasons Greetings’ runs February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22