Orange Flower Water

Two families are broken apart when the wife from one and the husband of the other begin a passionate affair. Orange Flower Water is reminiscent of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal or Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues. It’s a story that has been done before and will be done again. Infidelity; marriage breakdowns; parents who resent their kids may not seem like the recipe for a fun night out but there are some poignant moments and funny dialogue that counteract this bleak look at what it means to say, “I do.” The casting is a bit hit or miss and the star of the show is Logie-award winning Amy Mathews who plays Cathy. Playwright Craig Wright, who is known for his writing work on Six Feet Under, has a Masters in Divinity and the theological references bring an added layer to the ‘betrayal’ plotline. Your husband may not know you’re having an affair, but God does.

Published in Sydney City News online and in print on March 28, 2011


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