The Sum of Curious Claims. "Proof" by David Auburn. State Theatre Company [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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Things have moved very fast for David Auburn since his play "Proof" first opened in May 2000. Not only did it transfer successfully to Broadway but Auburn also picked up a number of prestigious awards including the Pulitzer Prize. Since then "Proof" has been widely performed - including in Australia, with separately mounted productions in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, as well as the State Theatre Company version here in Adelaide. In New York, film and TV actor Mary-Louise Parker played the lead role of Catherine, setting the precedent for other name players being cast. In the Melbourne Theatre Company’s excellent production last year, director Simon Phillips selected Rachel Griffiths for the task and, for the Sydney Theatre Company, Jacqueline McKenzie did the honours.