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Gambling on a hit show

July 13, 2016

 

Psychoanalyst Margaret Ford, the author of a best-seller on compulsive behaviour, compromises her professional reputation when she offers to help one of her patients settle his gambling debts.

Drawn into the seedy world of Chicago poker clubs and seduced by a charismatic hustler, Margaret starts out on what she thinks is an academic study but finds herself caught up in complex and dangerous con.

Playwright Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors; Harvest) has taken the cult film written and directed by David Mamet, and created a taut, funny and sexy noir-thriller about obsession and the lengths we go to get what we desire.

House of Games is in the best tradition of the ‘con’ caper – think The Sting, The Grifters and Ocean’s Eleven – and New Theatre is excited to be presenting this Australian premiere.

Director Louise Fischer has a passion for the work of Richard Bean, writer of this stage version, having directed the Australian premieres of three of his earlier plays: The God Botherers (Darlinghurst Theatre Co), Honeymoon Suite and Harvest (both New Theatre). Bean is probably best known for One Man, Two Guvnors, his hugely successful adaptation of the commedia classic The Servant of Two Masters.

The cast includes Katherine Shearer, Ben Brock, Benjamin, Mark Langham, Cheyne Fynn, Anne Brito, Charles Jones, Rebecca Levy, Colin McCarlie, and Cindy Wang.

Season: 9 August – 10 September. Bookings: NEWTHEATRE.ORG.AU (no booking fee). VENUE New Theatre, 542 King Street Newtown

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