Saturday June 18, 2016
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Tyson Boal & Marc Ethan
Language/ Cultural Consultant
Insurance agent Walter Huff has nosed around the business long enough to smell a scam, so when he meets Phyllis Nirdlinger to talk about her husband’s insurance coverage he gets a perfumed whiff of trouble. But she has a persuasive way of putting things. Can’t a wife fix a little security for herself? After all, a beloved husband can suffer a fatal accident just as easily as an honest guy can fall hard for a dame who’s no good.
The LA sunshine throws plenty of dark shadows in James M Cain’s sensational thriller novels of the thirties and forties, of which this steamy tale of murder and desire is the undoubted masterpiece.
Cain’s novel was famously adapted for the screen, and Tom Holloway’s smart-mouthed stage adaptation now breathes new life into one of the greatest crime narratives of our times. With MTC Associate Artistic Director Sam Strong (Private Lives, The Speechmaker) providing the hard-boiled direction, and a stellar cast including Lachlan Woods (North by Northwest), Double Indemnity promises audiences at least twice the ordinary payout in passion and intrigue.