Sunday, February 11, 2007


Clive is a stalwart official of the Empire, soldiering on in darkest Africa with stiff upper lip and rationalizing eyes. Betty, his wife (played by a male), struggles to stand by her man, Queen and country, through loneliness and inconvenient longings.

Joshua is their black servant (played by a white woman) with his own conflicts and secrets. With Edward, the son who plays with dolls (and who is played by a woman), daughter Victoria (played by a puppet), a mother-in-law, a widow, a governess and a bisexual explorer, the family struggles to uphold the imperial standards with the required hypocrisy… and then it all falls apart in a cross-gender bedroom farce, with the bite of a multi-generational tragedy.

And that’s just the first Act.

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