Bordertown – Holden Street Theatres
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Patricia Barnes (Katie O’Reilly) is a hairdresser in the small country town of Bordertown. Her claim to fame is creating Bob Hawke’s “solver bodgie” hair style. With her own fading notoriety, she wants her daughter Felicity (‘Flick’) to have a better opportunity in life outside the small community. As a birthday present she gives her $5,000 and a ticket to Hollywood where she has the opportunity to progress from makeup to become a star.
Flick is working on a film set where she is required to apply makeup to B-List actor / stand-up comedian Emilio Sanchez (Chris Asimos) who has been given a leading role in a new movie by his manager Randy Jensen (Matt Hawkins – who also wrote the Bordertown play). Flick and Emilio start dating until events take a bit of a turn.
Meanwhile, back in Bordertown, Patricia is trying to avoid the divorced Dennis the taxi driver (Brendan Cooney) who keeps hitting on her. Dennis, however, ends up I Melbourne where he happens to meet Emilio who has travelled to Australia and looking for a taxi to Bordertown (obviously not realising the size of the country)!
I don’t want to give too much away about the story so will just mention that Bordertown is an excellent play and very funny – full of great one-liners and typical Aussie humour. Holden Street Theatres is a great venue for plays and this one certainly did not disappoint. Take the time to see it for a great night’s entertainment.