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Review: The House of Yes, at Hope Theatre

Dark comedy is a challenging and menacing exploration of a dystopian American family

17 October, 2019 — By Ezreen Benissan

A ‘well-mannered yet peculiar family’ inhabit The House of Yes at the Hope Theatre

WENDY MacLeod’s play The House of Yes is a dark and insidious exploration into familial life in Washington DC; a dark comedy that is certainly both uncomfortable and ludicrous.

When Marty Pascal (Fergus Leathem) returns home from New York with fiancée Lesly (Kaya Bucholc), his twin sister Jackie O (Colette Eaton) newly released from mental hospital and obsessed with the former First Lady, becomes a demanding and sinister presence in the Pascal household.

The action takes place on the evening of Thanksgiving in the family home where a hurricane is raging outside.

Sound designer Simon Arrowsmith and set designer Rachael Ryan fluidly take us around the Pascal home through the use of sinister and eerie transitions.

Both set and sound work harmoniously to create an ominous cloud of abnormality for the entire 80 minutes.

Set in 1983, The House of Yes immediately transports us to Washington DC, where we witness the dysfunctional and chaotic life of this well-mannered yet peculiar family.

The relationship between twins Jackie O and Marty is not only incestuous but poorly explained and executed, however.

The questions we have regarding their relationship remain unresolved by the end of the play.

Directed by Matthew Parker, this daring revival of The House of Yes is a challenging and menacing exploration into a dystopian American family.

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