© 2019 by Romi Kupfer

talking cure

Saltpillar Theatre Company presented as part of a 3 act performance. Talking Cure featured in Act 2 of the comedy Relatively Speaking featuring 3 separate performances written by Elaine May, Ethan Coen and Woody Allen. 


Talking Cure by Ethan Coen concentrates on Larry the patient (played by Ronnen Leizerovitz)

and his relationship with his doctor (played by Danny Fox). Through their ongoing stilted and at

times aggressive conversations we are made aware of the incident hat initially brought them

together. It is then that Larrys parents (played by Tamara Cohen and Gideon Cohen) are portrayed,

giving context to how Larry may have ended up in the thralls of the incident and having his sanity

questioned .


These strong and dynamic relationships are the key to understanding each character. It

is these complex relationships that drew me to this script initially, as well as Ethan Coen's dark

humour. Coen has cleverly set up such dynamics with minor props and stage direction therefore

giving us room to play and explore each scene. We reacted to this script through physicalised



During rehearsals we explored the themes of insanity, love, family of origin and sense of

self. Within this piece we hope you are challenged and ask that you question the motives and

sincerity of these characters, while still enjoying a laugh at Coen's dark humour!

Directed by Romi Kupfer


Performed by Tammy Cohen, Gideon Cohen, Daniel Fox, Ronnen Leizerovitz


Sound Design by Justin Gardam


Costume Design by Beth Auhl

Venue: The Phoenix Theatre, Elwood

Date: April 2016

© Photography by Nikki Saltzman