Said & Done Theatre – Set Design
Said & Done Theatre
1959. Russ and Bev are moving out of their desirable house in Clybourne Park. Their neighbours are alarmed because they have sold it to a black family. As the arguments rage and tensions rise, the real reason comes seeping to the surface – 50 years later, a young white couple are moving in to the same house, which has grown shabby over the years. At a meeting to discuss their planned improvements, the same but different racial resentments are once more uncovered – Clybourne Park has had audiences alternately rolling in the aisles and gasping out loud at its shocking home-truths and satirical accuracy as it puts the knife into middle-class hypocrisy. Critics lavished praise on what many are calling the funniest and sharpest play of the year.
Set designer Katie Scott has done a fine job with the set, never before has the Unity seemed so transformed then with Scott’s bright yellow paint and 1950’s décor, complete with wallpaper and stairs. Stripped back for Act 2 when we come forward to 2009, the set proved to be another successful string attached to the bow of this very talented company.
This fascinating play and impressive production makes you laugh and makes you think. It is a good story well told and an absorbing theatrical experience.