Detroit | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents
  • 17 Jul - 16 Aug 2015
  • $30 - $45


By Lisa D'Amour

Ben and Mary live in a decaying suburb hard hit by economic downturn. He’s lost his job and she’s discovered alcohol. They fire up the barbeque to welcome the arrival of new neighbours; a couple broke and fresh out of rehab. As the night wears on confessions are shared, inhibitions are shed and bacchanalia ensues.

Photo 1 by Helen White, photos 2-8 by Gez Xavier Mansfield

Don’t miss the Australian premiere of Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Detroit. Amidst a crumbling suburban dream, this fiery comedy explores the danger and potential unearthed when we open ourselves up to something new.

Proudly supported by the Stafford Morgan Family
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By Lisa D'Amour


Lisa Chappell
Ronald Falk
Claire Lovering
James O'Connell
Ed Wightman

Creative Team

Director Ross McGregor
Production Designer Tobhiyah Stone Feller
Lighting Designer Benjamin Brockman
Sound Designer Jeremy Silver

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By Lisa D'Amour


“The performances are subtle, nuanced but with a niggling sense of an eruption about to burst. Detroit is a well-executed play with a lot to say but which doesn’t have to work too hard to say it and never lets its thematic concerns interrupt its compelling story” Daily Telegraph

"This is such a great play. I’m trying to figure out when I can see it again... Detroit is as edgy as it is hilarious" Same Same

"It’s smart and unsettling, believable and insightful, crafted yet fluid" 4/5 stars The Brag

"Detroit at @darlotheatre is a well observed slice of middle America" Daily Review

"Darlinghurst Theatre’s production Detroit did not disappoint. In fact, it soared" Lip Magazine

"Detroit is one of the best things I’ve seen at the Darlinghurst Theatre, and a play not to be missed in 2015. Highly recommended" Lisa Thatcher

"A first-class production...this is must see theatre" The Buzz from Sydney

"All performances are excellent. Heading the pack is Lisa Chappell, in this brilliantly rendered portrayal of the fear-haunted Mary" Dinner & Show

"[Claire] Lovering’s flighty, fragile yet weirdly robust Sharon is especially magnetic" Daily Telegraph

"Ed Wightman’s tender portrayal of Ben provides the authentic centre of the production" Suzy Goes See

"James O’Connell is impressive as Kenny" Daily Review

"Funny, touching, charming, emotional, eye opening, brilliant" Sandra Pekez, via Twitter

Reviews from US productions

"This scary-funny comedy...speaks to the fractious, frightened American moment more perceptively than any play I’ve seen on a New York stage." The New York Times (2010)

"A sharp X-ray of the embattled American psyche as well as a smart, tart critique of the country’s fraying social fabric, Ms. D’Amour’s dark comedy and addictively satisfying" The New York Times (2012)

"Sly, timely and neatly surprising" 5 out of 5 stars Time Out (New York)


Read Ross McGregor's Director's Diary for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Detroit

Watch: Lisa Chappell's Dark New Role The Daily Edition

Darlo Theatre’s Detroit looks at life once the bubble has burst Daily Telegraph 

On the Couch with Ed Wightman Arts Review

5 Questions with Claire Lovering and James O'Connell Suzy Goes See

Interview with James O'Connell Daily Telegraph City East

Interview with Claire Lovering City News

A Quick Chat with Ed Wightman Auusie Theatre


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By Lisa D'Amour

Performance Dates

  • Previews: 17 - 19 July
  • Season: 22 July - 16 August

Performance Times

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Wed Matinee: 12 August, 11am 
  • Sat Matinees: 1, 8 & 15 August, 3pm

Performance Details



  • Standard $45
  • Concession $38
  • Groups (8+) $38
  • Industry* $35
  • Under 30* $30
  • Preview $30

*Available for 11am performances on Wed and 8pm performances on Tue, Wed & Thu only

A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings. Subscriptions do not incur a booking fee.


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