The Talented Mr Ripley
By Phyllis Nagy
12 FEB - 20 MAR 2004 — Drama
Auckland Theatre Company
Adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith
To be young and carefree amid the blue waters and idyllic landscape of Italy in the late 1950’s; that’s la dolce vita Dickie Greenleaf leads and Tom Ripley craves. When Dickie’s father asks Tom to bring his wayward, playboy son back home to America, Dickie and his beautiful expatriate girlfriend, Marge Sherwood, never suspect the dangerous extremes to which Ripley will go to make their lifestyle his own. Ripley wants money, success, love and family he can be proud of. After all, it’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.
One of the most captivating psychological thrillers of the 20th century, The Talented Mr Ripley explores the mind of crime fiction's great anti-heroes; an intelligent, suave and charming sociopath. Forging signatures, telling lies, impersonating practically anybody, have Ripley’s talents gone too far this time?