Dennis Kelly’s dark comedy play Love and Money opens at Na Prádle in Prague

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston Published on 31.01.2020 17:58:02 (updated on 31.01.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

A new English-language production of Dennis Kelly’s comedic play Love and Money will have its Czech premiere at divadlo Na Prádle on February 4 and have four encores until the end of March. Tickets are available via the GoOut network.

The new Prague production is staged by an international group of nine actors led by Slovak director Milan Sebo. The original production was nominated in 2007 for the Laurence Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

The play analyses consumer society and deals with topics like love, addiction, dark desires, and debt.

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Love and Money, courtesy photo

The story of a debt-plagued marriage is told backwards from its tragic end to the joyful proposal.

“It’s a cruel and dark comedy that puts consumerism and debt under the microscope in seven vignettes, seven portraits of dysfunctional relationships that are somehow connected. The audience has to figure out how,” French-Czech actress Ariane Semrádová said. She appears in the role of Natalie and is also one of the producers of the play.

The play centers on Jess and David, a poor couple in love. But Jess also loves luxury goods and credit, while David has to deal with the consequences. The flashback vignettes capture various aspects of David’s struggles to get money as their relationship grows worse, or better as time runs backwards in the play.

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Love and Money, courtesy photo

“Set in the present, Dennis Kelly’s play is a clever analysis of our consumer society based on a ‘live-now, pay-later’ scheme. However, there seems to be an urgent need to redefine happiness because the one we get from things has a short life. And although our heroes try hard (they really do), an alarming mixture of lust, envy, and greed makes the search for a decent way of life futile,” director Milan Šebo said.

Czech actor František Maňák has the lead role of David. He has extensive stage experience in plays such as Fidlovačka, Její pastorkyňa and Rychlé šípy. He has also appeared in the TV series Labyrint and Labyrint 2.

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Love and Money, courtesy photo

Ukrainian born actress Natalie Golovchenko plays Jess. Her previous work includes appearances in the popular Czech TV series Ordinace v růžové zahradě and Labyrint, and she has a role in the upcoming Czech film Nikola Šuhaj.

Also notable in the cast is Damian Odess-Gillett, who appeared in films such as Toman and The Way to Mandalay, and TV series and miniseries such as Genius, Borgia, and Dabing Street.

Fans of English-theater in Prague may also recognize Ben Bradshaw, who appears in the English versions of the famous Jára Cimrman plays. He also has extensive experience in film and TV in the UK and Prague including a recurring role in the British version of The Office and appearances in Britannia, Knightfall, and Carnival Row.

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