Double Indemnity offers female archetypes, Trilogy is a feminist masterwork and Quippings has been called ‘crip burlesque’
Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Double Indemnity is both gorgeous to look at and a great romp. Tom Holloway’s adaptation of James M Cain’s noir novel is slick, director Sam Strong’s direction is fluid, and the design team has excelled themselves in the realisation of its smoky, 1940s California.
But MTC’s show is not so much a loving homage to a bygone era as it is a postcard from a rapidly fading view of the world. The bold costume design flatters the stereotypes it presents, but the image of “woman” that floats across the lightscapes of the stage are more a reminder of what male writers such as Cain used to think about women, rather than what women theatre-makers do.
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