by Max Posner
The first play-reading of the Melbourne Civic Theatre's 2019-2020 season will be THE TREASURER by Max Posner, on Saturday, August 17th, at 2 p.m. The cast is Joan Taddie, Stesven Costner, Julia Jordan, and Gordon Ringer.
Tickets are $10 and go on sale Tuesday Aug 6 @ 11am.
Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. This darkly funny, sharply intimate portrait chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother, and the hell of a guilty conscience.
“…tender and unforgiving…[an] emotionally dense play…Posner’s writing is often effectively double-edged, an amalgam of 21st-century casualness and cadenced lyricism…the play adroitly balances the everyday and the extreme—while suggesting how crisis pushes reality into the realm of nightmares…[Posner] has a sharp and original ear for the tension between what is spoken and what is not.” —NY Times.
“[THE TREASURER] is a quiet revelation…It makes boundaries porous, creates a space that blends the mundane and the mystic, that slips between the life of the moment and the life of the mind, even obscures the border between life and whatever comes after…Posner’s play is a ravishing slow burn, with layers that quietly unpeel as the piece goes on…quite simply, a marvel.” —New York Magazine.
“…something of a Glass Menagerie forty years on, with an unlikely but welcome touch of Neil Simon…[Posner] displays a brightly contemporary point of view with a keen comic sense.” —The Huffington Post.