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A Perfect Ganesh


Terrence McNally

Cast & Crew
Amy Longhurst; Paul Armstrong;
Penny Day; Daniel Csutskai;
Roman Smoliakiv; Richy Bhatia;
Taylor Allen - Lighting
Set design and Construction by Lindsay Mulligan
Roz Riley - Director.

Review by Wendy Lewis (playwright Theatre.web) Intrigue, mysticism and Anglo-centric ways wrap themselves around this play. It gives us a glimpse into another world, a world of poverty and ugliness as well as great wonder. Instead of the all-good-all-loving God of the Bible we are invited to consider another kind of unearthly being: a god who delights in love and pain, who appears in all, in the big and the small, the simple and the complex, not just the good and virtuous. The lovely Indian dancer has only 3 pieces to do but adds a lot to the production,
Act I is particularly effective. The story zips along as we meet our two friends who are off on a journey. We see exactly what kind of women they are in a highly amusing airport scene. We meet Ganesh and Rat in their many manifestations which both actors handle brilliantly. The Rat really sinks his proverbial teeth into the subtleties of his many personas: cringingly subservient; contemptuous; cheeky and provocative. Ganesh too maintains a quiet dignity, an air of compassion, and a lively light in the eye that is never extinguished for the length of the play…no mean feat. Walter was a believable angry, scarred and sneering young man. He seemed to really hate his mother and never got a chance to be likeable. “A Perfect Ganesh’ has much going for it: magic, heartache and real human weaknesses. The balcony scenes – with both Margaret and Kitty – were beautiful. If that muse of fire and sense of wonder from Act I can energise Act II a little more, it will be an even more fascinating play.

A Perfect Ganesh   photographed by John Reeves