I was at the opening preview of this play which I'd always heard about but never actually saw. Knowing hardly anything about the plot I went purely because it was a Lillian Helman piece and I was craving some drama in an intimate theater like the Donmar Warehouse (you feel as though you are practically in these people's living room). Well, may I say Penelope Wilton's performance was quite simply a gift from her to anyone fortunate enough to be there to experience it. As I sat in awe, holding my breath, thinking "she's gotta lose a beat sooner or later", she just carried on inhabiting this creature of one playwrite's imagination as if she had been there in the author's unconscious at its conception. The play is riveting only - I dare say - thanks to her. The rest of the cast range from very good to passable, but this is basically a one woman enterprise which will not soon be forgotten. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
12 Oct 01
It is a pleasure to see a full length play with a good plot - I didn't know it at all so was kept guessing - and actors who know what they are supposed to be doing! Penelope Wilton outstanding, well supported by the rest. It is a play about family rivalry and betrayal, about exploitation in all its forms and it is therefore still relevant and resonant today. Well done, Donmar for giving it an outing. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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