Altar Ego

Saturday, 23 February 2013 to Saturday, 2 March 2013

Six different characters share their innermost thoughts on the subjects of marriage, sex and monogamy.

Jake claims that “infidelity saved his marriage”; Emily misses her husband when they are alone together; Adam is in a constant state of battle between “his head, his heart and his dick”; Julie is swayed into infidelity by “chemistry”; Henry can’t stand the sight of himself in the mirror; Annie wonders why we keep buying such a flawed product...”the warnings are widely known, but it feels good in the moment and takes years to kill you”.

Most of us would claim that we have very logical, rational views on these issues. Dinner table discussions are full of the subject, but are we really free to choose our own views? Who or what governs our relationships? Is it all about our own egos, or are we dictated to by either society, or our own biology? Is there a right answer? And if so, which of these characters has it? Altar and Ego are they really forever moving in opposite directions?

“Altar Ego” had its inaugural production with the Katselas Theatre Company at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, Los Angeles in 2010. It ran for 5 months to critical acclaim.

Here are some snippets from the reviews of that production:--

“ I laughed so hard my face hurt....I was completely blown away!” - ( Ximena Herschberg – Campus Circle)
“The play is uncomfortable, as good theater can be.” – (Greg Jacobs - Splash Magazine)

"This is a wonderful two-hander that showcases superb acting and a top shelf script that puts marriage on the rack."
Matt Byrne, The Sunday Mail
"For lovers of excellent modern theatre, "Altar Ego" is a MUST SEE... fast, funny, crass, emotional, poignant and very, very real... superb performances... perfect comic timing."
Brian Godfrey - Adelaide Theatre Guide
"There's a wad of magic in James Lyon's writing that is clever, watchable and hilarious.....compelling, revealing and very human.....wonderful performances from Melanie and James Lyons....these two actors don't miss a trick"
Stephen Davenport, Indaily


Adults $23, Concession $20, Fringe Benefits $20, Groups (10+) $18, Bank SA customers $20, Fringe Artists $15
1 hour (no interval)

Writter: James Lyons
Dramaturg and script consultant: Melanie Munt
Producer:  Pamela Munt
Featuring: Melanie Munt and James Lyons

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