by Tobsha Learner
1990 Sydney season
Michele Williams as the young Aphrodite (from Coburg), one of the many characters in MISTRESS
In performance terms, Williams playing the school-girl shines in one of the final scenes, where she re-enacts her first sexual encounter with Damian.
Helen Thompson, Sydney Morning Herald Review
From a Polish-Jewish background, sculptor turned playwright, Tobsha Learner is a masterly spinner of words, and conjurer of rich, often deeply impressive images. Her latest play, Mistress is a one-woman show performed by Michele Williams. Williams is at her best brilliant in her comic portrayal of the naive schoolgirl, sexually and otherwise involved with a boy from another socio-economic stratum.
Australian Jewish News (Sydney edition)
Play triumphs for Tobsha Learner
Michele Williams excelled in this entertaining piece about a television presenters mistress and his family.
Some of the funniest moments came in the narrative from Aphrodite, the Greek girlfriend of the presenters son, Damian.
The society wife, Diana, cleverly mocked the upper classes
expect to be challenged and stimulated.
Sue Nelson, Eastern Herald, Sydney
Learners latest play, MISTRESS, is joyfully confronting and was the highlight of the evening. The play was a one-woman show (performed by Michele Williams), the actress giving a superb performance She entranced the audience from start to finish with her dedication, versatility and energy
Johnny Gannon, On the Street Magazine, Sydney
MISTRESS was written especially for Michele Williams, who plays all roles brilliantly. Her performance is superb
Beat Magazine, Sydney
Mistress, Melbourne seasons: 1991 to 1992
Return seasons at: Playbox Theatre, Anthill Theatre and The Universal Theatre, directed by Rosalba Clemente
Michele Williams in MISTRESS
As society wife, Diana
Michele Williams plays three women linked by one man Richard Cummingham, a Channel 10 newsreader. Richards wife, Diana, is a Toorak socialite whose life is thrown into turmoil when she discovers that Richard is having an affair. Realising that she has submerged her whole identity in marriage and the round of parties and charity launches, she embarks on a course of meditation, rebirthing and primal screaming.
Helen, the mistress of the title, is a young woman from a working-class background who has risen to the position of floor manager at Channel 10 through her looks and intelligence. Fired from her job, she and Richard are caught bonking in the broom cupboard
The third character, Aphrodite, is a young woman from a Greek family who is the girlfriend of Richard and Dianas rebellious son, Damian
Very much aware of the class and cultural differences between herself and Damian, Aphrodite agonises over whether to lose her virginity to him, afraid that she will be rejected if she does.
Learners script and Williams performance bring depth and life to the three women. I can also guarantee that anyone seeing this play will never see male TV newsreaders in quite the same way again
Bronwyn Beechey, The Herald Sun
Liberating Even Inspirational
MISTRESS is a play about three women set in the present The insights into the three women and their relationships to their men are razor sharp. The comedy is exuberant; the construction simple but tidy Credit must be shared with the director Rose Clemente, and the solitary performer, Michele Williams. Williams, using just her face and voice, creates a score of vivid and distinct characters
After a leisurely opening, the play tightens like a spring before expanding decisively and ardently in the final scenes. The effect is liberating even inspirational
Chris Boyd, Financial Review
MISTRESS is an 80-minute soliloquy performed by Michele Williams, who flits impeccably among the main characters of Richards wife, Diana, his mistress, Helen, and Aphrodite, the girlfriend of Richards adolescent son, Damian.
Lisa Kearns, The Age
Comedy on the prowl
MISTRESS (at Anthill) concerns three women and their dependency on Richard, a middle-aged newsreader with a penchant for infidelity
MISTRESS, a monologue, is challenging for actor Michele Williams Williams skillfully switches between three female characters without props or missing a beat
Fiona Scott-Norman, The Bulletin Arts Review
by Catherine Hayes, directed by Kerreen Ely-Harper, The Courthouse Theatre
Michele Williams (left) as Rita
Death defying humour
Laughter abounds in SKIRMISHES despite it being about two sisters waiting for their mother to die. The humour is derived from the sisters sarcastic exchanges
Jean has nursed her mother for weeks, cloistered in a sick-room, and her nerves have frayed. Rita, a busy family woman, has been kept informed by telephone and grudgingly comes to visit when it appears her mother is close to death
Michele Williams has the difficult task of injecting some warmth into the often hysterical character of Rita.
the play ends on a sombre note, having spanned the gamut of emotions.
Sonia Harford, Sunday Herald-Sun, 19 January 1992
by Ron Elisha, directed by Beth Child, a production with The Universal Theatre, with Michele Williams and Sandy Gutman
Michele Williams overcame the contradictions of her role to give a remarkable and sensitive portrayal of Anna, the former SS officer.
The Australian Jewish News
He didnt mean to do it.
Should you be driving home tonight?
If you drink, then drive, youre a bloody idiot.
From 1996-1999, Michele Williams (along with the child who played her daughter) was the major face for the TAC AD CAMPAIGN featuring in the Christmas campaign of advertisements on television, and in newspapers and billboards all over Melbourne.
The advertisement (in which Michele plays the wife of a man just killed in a car accident) involved a full day of improvisation in the emergency section of St. Vincents Hospital. Using real doctors and nurses (who were asked to respond as if this were a real event), Michele led the improvisation around which others responded.
by Kathy Lette, at The Universal Theatre
Michele Williams (Front)
VEGETABLE MAGNETISM: Kathy Lette will be a familiar name to many, being the author of Puberty Blues, Girls Night Out, Foetal Attraction and most recently, Mad Cows. Her stories are hilariously dramatised, sharp tongued and bordering on scandalous, having brought her acclaim both at home and overseas. As part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a variety of Lettes characters will be brought to life and dragged on stage for the show performed at the Universal Theatre. Starring Michele Williams, Peter Hardy and directed by Caroline Stacey, this is sure to be a highlight of the Festival
Racy comedy cocktail
captures the audiences imagination with good acting and apt, yet slightly warped observations of life and love in todays world
Themes such as social-class rivalry, English vs Australians, unfulfilled relationships, motherhood, mid-life crisis and other issues are exposed and sent-up with humour and sarcasm laced throughout the performance
Robyn Arya, Australian Jewish News
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