The first and most outstanding thing about this play is Woody Harrelson, as Robert, who gave one of the best performances I have ever seen on a west end stage. He was funny, touching, moving, hopeful, angry, defensive and even bizarre at times. Kyle McLachlan gave fine support as his elder brother Jack but was overshadowed by Woody Harrelson and had far fewer lines to say. The two actors did work very well together though and complimented each others performance. I thought the story was interesting and I found myself imagining the things they were talking about and caring about the characters and how it was all going to turn out. I thought the second act was underdeveloped and Jack's re-appearance after 23 years was not explored or developed as much as it could have been. I also found the plot in the second half a bit difficult to digest probably because it was under developed. But on the whole this was a most enjoyable play and Woody Harrelson's towering performance was worth the price of a ticket alone. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
08 Oct 02
.... actually, as far as I can gather, the Comedy Theatre is not specifically for comedies - so the previous reviewer's comment "when you go to the Comedy Theatre,you expect to be entertained and made to laugh" is a bit off-beam. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
16 Aug 02
I wish that play writers would take into consideration that time really drags when you are sitting in your average cramped and overheated theatre -you want something to wake you up, entertain and move you, not something that drags, confuses and leaves you guessing.
Woody Harelson's performance was great and he managed to get some laughs even though the script was so dire. Kyle McLachlan was good, but probably had less chance to shine.
I just felt irritated all through this play - that whole stupid smelly fridge joke fell flat on me, and although I started to warm towards Bob, it was only because I felt myself making an effort to like the play because I hadn't been to the theatre in ages, and wanted to justify forking out £30 when I could have gone to sit in a nice air-con cinema instead.
I really wanted to like Bob, and went through stages of swaying towards him and then not caring - my general impression by the end however, was that I didn't care if they shot each other or not.
When you go and see something at a Comedy theatre, you expect to be entertained and made to laugh. A lot of people did, but I had the feeling it was fairly forced.
At the start of the play I remembered why I liked the theatre; the hushed silence, anticipation and intimate atmosphere. By the end, bored, cramped and sweaty I remembered the reasons I hadn't been for a while. Eastenders is good quality acting in the comfort of your own home, and much more entertaining.
I felt this play was pretentious, and was trying to teach the audience something, but was too scared to come out and say it. There is a difference between subtlety and confusion, which the playwriter didn't seem to grasp. This play had all the claustrophobic ambience of a Tenessee Williams production, but unfortunately non of his warmth and essence.
- USER: Whatsonstage.com
15 Aug 02
Yes, the Comedy is one of the HOTTEST theatres in London -- difficult to enjoy the play in as a result. I always try to avoid it in the summer. But Harrelson and MacLachlan are both worth seeing. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
08 Aug 02
Enjoyable and rather bizarre - but two fine performances from Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. I thought the ending was a bit flat, but we all clapped and cheered enthusiastically at the end. And I now know why it's called the Comedy Theatre. The air conditioning is a big joke (don't tell me... there is none?!) and there's barely enough leg room for a Munchkin in the front row of the Royal Circle. By the way, if you're going to see it, be warned about the loud noises. We all jumped feet! Andrew B - USER: Whatsonstage.com
06 Aug 02
The two actors were very good (despite the unbearable heat)but the play seems like John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men as rewritten by Harold Pinter. The audience gave it a standing ovation. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
02 Aug 02
Yes indeed, saw it on Sunday afternoon. The play is very odd indeed, but Woody Harrelson is fanbloodytastic. He is never offstage and he is just magnetic. Kyle McLachlan is also very good, but his role is a lot tougher to pull off and less showy than Woody's. Well worth seeing, I enjoyed it, but I I just found the play to be a little too odd for its own good. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
02 Aug 02
Woody Harrelson produced an amzing performance let down by an average script and a half full theatre. Kyle Maclacjhlan pretty good too but Woody stood out. Think the play would have had more impact in a more intimate setting like teh Donmar. Overall a very good way to apend a Sunday afternoon - USER: Whatsonstage.com
31 Jul 02
The play is very odd indeed, but Woody Harrelson is fanbloodytastic. He is never offstage and he is just magnetic. Kyle McLachlan is also very good, but his role is a lot tougher to pull off and less showy than Woody's. Well worth seeing, I enjoyed it, but I I just found the play to be a little too odd for its own good. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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