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***** 5 stars: "Annie Baker is the most talented American playwright of her generation. No question. Her latest play, The Flick, thoroughly deserves this year's Pulitzer for Drama, and we're fortunate to have this delicate, luminous production from Nadia Tass ... it's Tass' direction that makes the show. God knows how she does it, but the subtlety and emotive generosity she manages to coax from the performances, and the finely intuited pace (from the ludicrous speed of farce to the slow burn of idle chat between co-workers) keep you enthralled throughout." – The Age & Sydney Morning Herald

In association with Red Stitch Actors Theatre, MIFF presents the Australian premiere season of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick.

Sam, Rose and Avery are the underpaid employees of one of the last remaining film projector cinemas in Massachusetts. They bicker, laugh and dream their way through shifts in the empty aisles. New kid Avery has an encyclopaedic obsession with film, and Sam has an unrequited obsession with Rose. Rose does what Rose wants to do.

Says Ella Cardwell, Red Stitch Artistic Director: "The Flick is a sensitive, loving portrait of real, imperfect lives; the little moments and big questions that we all grapple with. The struggles and hopes of these characters are sad and funny and very moving. Red Stitch ensemble members Ngaire Dawn Fair, Ben Prendergast and Dion Mills, with special guest Kevin Hofbauer, inhabit their roles beautifully, breathing life into Baker's words, and the result is magic."

With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, Annie Baker examines hidden corners of our existence, revealing the gems of truth that reside therein. And with Nadia Tass (Matching Jack, MIFF 10; The Big Steal, MIFF 90) directing, don't miss this 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning play about a cinema, performed by Australia's leading independent theatre company at a spectacular city venue.

“Funny, heartbreaking ... may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theatre.” – New York Magazine

Sat 2 Aug–Sun 17 Aug
Shebeen 36 Manchester Lane, Melbourne 3000
Bookings and information: redstitch.net/the-flick

$45* full / $42* concession / $39* MIFF members and Red Stitch subscribers 

 

FIRST NIGHT REVIEWS

4.5 stars: "Nadia Tass has mined the script to bring out its nuances and subtleties, expertly handled by her excellent cast, making this a must-see production." – ArtsHub
 
4.5 stars: "Nadia Tass shows her expertise in directing this telling drama jammed with wonderful writing, the cast's exceptional naturalistic acting and the oh-so-painful theme of longing ... The Flick very much represents the epitome of theatre." – The Australian
 
4 stars: "This is Red Stitch's finest work in recent memory." – Stage Whispers
 
4 stars: "Annie Baker's The Flick is the best American drama I've seen since August: Osage County, and that's against strong competition from the likes of Bruce Norris, Jon Robin Baitz, Amy Herzog and the earlier work of Annie Baker herself … it's one of the great theatre events of the year." – The Herald Sun