The Dazzle, Corvus Theatre Co, Meraki Arts Bar | Review

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One of the most universal questions is ‘what does the future hold?’ We wonder how our life will look in 10, 20, 50 years, what we will have achieved, who the most important people in our lives will be. The Dazzle, written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Jane Angharad, is an intriguing and rather despairing answer to these questions for the Collyer brothers, including familial conflict, regret, and love won and lost in three lifetimes.

In a rundown Harlem mansion, in the early 1900s the Collyer brothers exist in perpetual uneasiness. Langley is a concert pianist who is more interested in admiring and collecting all the trash and treasure he can hold, while older brother Homer maintains their home as best he can and wonders why life didn’t turn out better. Beautiful socialite Milly enters their world, promising to change their lives; but time passes as it must, strangely, and changes them all, one by one.

Steve Corner (Homer), Alec Ebert (Langley) and Meg Hyeronimus (Milly) tell the story beautifully as an ensemble. Corner and Ebert are authentic in their portrayal of tense brotherhood, sometimes in ways that make you giggle, other deeply tragic. Hyeronimus has a rich, distinct chemistry with each of the brothers that evolves as time passes, and also portrays Milly’s character the development, the most significant evolution of the story, with depth and empathy.

The set creates first and foremost a feeling of intimacy by being overstuffed with a large piano, lounge, dining table and fireplace, all of which are surrounded increasingly by items the brothers collect over their lifetime. It truly feels as though one is a fly on the wall of the Collyer brothers’ home. A unique and intriguing performance.

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Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot | Wine Pairing

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘ages like a fine wine?’ Time plays an important role in The Dazzle, so it felt only right to choose a wine designed to age. A cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend is one of my favourites; the cab sauv provides rich flavour notes and strong tannins, the merlot softens and rounds out the flavour, and together they age beautifully.

My Pick: Wirra Wirra Church Block 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot, McLaren Vale, SA

This dry, full-bodied drop is plum full of red and black fruit flavours, with big tannins that will soften and round out the taste after a few years of cellaring.

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The Dazzle, Corvus Theatre Co, Meraki Arts Bar | Tasting Notes

Aussie Season17 Nov to 3 Dec 2022, Corvus Theatre Co, Meraki Arts Bar
Ticket $$20-40
WriterRichard Greenberg
DirectorJane Angharad
Theatre Type & GenreDrama
See it if you likeDystopian stories, the 1920s
Other InfoWinner of the Outer Critics Circle Award
Wine PairingCabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
Criteria for Wine PairingDesigned to age, bold flavours, full-bodied