Written in 1974, Sexual Perversity in Chicago is a one-act drama about four young people looking for love. Danny (Perry) and his friend Bernie (Azaria) are two 'regular' guys in pursuit of women. Deborah (Reilly) and her roommate Joan (Driver) are two normal girls, trying to pursue men without actively appearing to do so. When Danny and Deborah begin an affair, the other two watch cynically from the sidelines, exerting subtle but hostile pressure.
Compared to the others, all making their West End debuts (though Driver has previously guested in The Play What I Wrote), Reilly is an old hand when it comes to the stage. She created the role of Elaine Robinson in the West End stage adaptation of The Graduate and has also featured recently in A Prayer for Owen Meany and The London Cuckolds at the National, Blasted at the Royal Court and Three Sisters for Oxford Stage in the West End. Her screen credits include Last Orders, Peaches, Maybe Baby and, soon to be released, Pot Luck.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago is directed by Lindsay Posner, who will also be undertaking a production of Nick Dear's new play Power, starring Robert Lindsay and Rupert Penry-Jones at the NT Cottesloe this summer (See News, 23 Jan 2003). The Mamet play is produced by Mark Rubinstein, Sonia Friedman and Old Vic Productions.
Currently at the Comedy, the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Tom Courtenay's one-man tribute to Philip Larkin, Pretending to Be Me, will finish its extended season on 26 April 2003.
- by Terri Paddock