Some of the pompous, trying to be hip Royal Court audience had trouble with this fantastically constructed, dark bit of fun from Neilson. More fool them. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
17 Jan 03
This was a Christmas show with a difference: a black farce par excellence that manages to make a few serious points about our reaction to paedophilia. This is a well-plotted farce (although there's glaring plot howler that another director might have spotted) that had the audience laughing from the off. Warmly recommended. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
03 Jan 03
Well, it's not the usual Royal Court fare, is it? I've enjoyed most productions there and having been spooked by 'Boy Gets Girl', intrigued by 'The Night Heron' and moved by 'The York Realist', this left me laughing and groaning. It starts off very slow and slowly warms up (unlike the auditorium which was bloody freezing) and by the end, my friends and I were having a good time. But yes, I accept the criticisms. A few duff performances and some of the jokes fall flat, but the show was neither bad nor brilliant. Three stars, but only just. Andrew B - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
10 Dec 02
As an antidote to the 'like it or loathe it's so far, my view would be that it doesn't quite work, but does have much to commend it and does offer us an alternative to the usual Christmas blandness. I think it would have helped, though, if the playright has trusted someone else to direct it. I thought the cast did very well all round and the set was fine. Certainly not a one star but not a four star either ! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
Reading Mark Shentons review just goes to prove the old adage "One mans meat is another mans poison"! I cannot believe that anyone could find praise in this pointless, unfunny, dreadfully acted (save for Patrick Godfrey's Balthasar), horribly designed, and badly directed piece. I cannot remember being so bored at the Royal Court before. One of those (thankfully rare) occasions when I left struggling to find anything good to say about the play. As a Christmas show this more than qualifies as an absolute turkey!
Award 1 as a score is generous - unfortunately there does not seem to be a '0'. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
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