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Written by: Gavin McGibbon
Directed by: Danny Mulheron
If you could get away with it how far would you go?
They have a knack for it. They get people to do what they shouldn’t. And now here’s their chance to make money like never before.
Stevie and Earle have been waiting for this for years, all the tricks and their schemes have built to this. A con so wicked it’s totally irresistible.
Will they pull it off and what will be the consequences?
Playwright Gavin McGibbon makes his Circa debut with his most accomplished and daring piece of work yet.
OUTRAGEOUS, MESMERISING, A GRIPPING ROLLER COASTER RIDE
“[Gavin McGibbon] … could be our answer to Neil LaBute” – Theatreview
26 October − 23 November
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Performance time change Saturday, 9 November: 7pm (with the Guy Fawkes on the waterfront after the show)
$33 Friends of Circa (until 10 November)
$39 Groups 6+
$36 Groups 20+
$25 Under 25s
Thrill of the Game Key Trick to Con
BY LAURIE ATKINSON, THE DOMINION POST, 28 OCTOBER 2013
The competitive deviousness of the con artists in Gavin McGibbon‘s first major play makes it clear that it is not the money that inspires them to do what they do so effortlessly.
It’s the thrill of the game of being someone else, of manipulating the gullible and the greedy, of seeing how far the deceits and lies can be stretched.
Con artists are in fact actors, as the American actor John Lithgow has pointed out. “I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn’t.” And actors everywhere know only too well that money isn’t the purpose of their game either.
The play starts with Stevie (Mike Minogue) on the phone wheedling from a little old lady her pass word for her bank account. But his bossy, cynical, unscrupulous mate Earl (Paul McLaughlin) has bigger schemes afoot which involve a wealthy business man (Jason Whyte).
To mention anything more of the plot, except to say the relationship between the two men becomes more complicated when Holly (Acushla-Tara Sutton) arrives on the scene, would be to keep writing spoiler alerts.
There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot which provide the roller-coaster ride that the advertising for the play promises. But the ride is not as fast as most roller-coaster rides because there is an excess of talk, some of which is amusing, about past events, happiness, and relationships, so much so that in the first act, except for one powerful theatrical surprise, it felt as though Con would be just as effective as a radio play.
In the second act there are two or three moments that wouldn’t be effective on radio when, for example, we actually see two comparatively simple con tricks being carried out, one near Wellington railway station. Part of the enjoyment of watching a fictional con trick is to see it being constructed and carried out (e.g. the movie The Sting) but in Con for the major cons we are denied this.
Danny Mulheron and his cast and crew have delivered a smoothly efficient production for this world premiere.
Running time: one hour, 45 minutes (including 15 minute interval)
Contains some strong language
On Saturday, 9 November, due to the Guy Fawkes fireworks, CON will start at 7pm instead of 7.30pm. Please feel free to come along to the performance and then enjoy a drink from Encore Restaurant and Bar after the show while watching the display from our prime location on the waterfront.