I thought the play was great, though I can see why some people would not like it, but not to the extent some people seem to dislike it. More for a younger audience I would say. Hank Azaria was brilliant as Bernie and Matthew Perry great as Danny. The scene changes were swift, flowed smoothly and the music fitting. A great night out. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
01 Aug 03
Not as bad as previous critics have claimed but definitely Mamet light. Azaria and Reilly carry the show. This is Perry's first real "attempt" at theater so he can be excused but what is Driver doing in this production?
If you want to see real Mamet, try Edmund at the National. Branagh is brilliant. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
18 Jul 03
Perry's performance is so bad that it was impossible to enjoy this performance. While the other performances were stronger, they were not enough to draw attention from the awefullness that is Perry, who is clearly a TV star, and not an actor. While Driver is not the strongest of stage actors to come from Hollywood in recent years, she at least copes, rather than stars. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
17 Jul 03
Yes, seeing Matthew Perry from Friends on stage is fantastic, its just a shame that the production isn't!! The scenes change too quickly, and as a result I never felt the play fufilled the potential of its all star cast.
Stick to playing Mr Bing !! Your wasted in this production! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
14 Jul 03
very funny play all the cast were grezat espaily matthew perry - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
10 Jul 03
You can really see that they work hard on this, they haven't let it slip at all. As soon as the lights went down or the big shutters closed you could see them all running, ripping off clothes prematurely.. which although spoilt the magic of the 'wow' factor, was interesting to see.
Minnie Driver is the weakest link here, but this is for the way she's directed, plus her character isn't that great either. Hank Azaria is great, very funny and got quite a 'gasp' when he was topless. Matthew Perry speaks very on one level, kinda shouting to get himself heard.. he doesn't vary it at all - again, perhaps this is direction. Kelly Reilly is fantastic. This show is good but it is clunky. The scenes are irritably short sometimes but the longer ones are worth the wait.
- USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
04 Jul 03
I know that it is a current trend for Hollywood stars to take to the London stage but at the expense of artistic integrity? I can honestly say that this is the first time I have nearly walked out of a west end production (had there been an interval I would have done). This play may have been shocking and new in the 1970's but is now just jaded and plain vulgar. Not even Matt Perry in yellow Speedo's could lift it, go back to Friends please it's a lot funnier with more attention to timing and dramatic detail. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
01 Jul 03
Utter obscene Rubbish ,the acting is abysmal,the theatre dirty and disgusting and the view from the balcony is not worth 1p.
Minnie Driver wants to go back to Drama School and impossible to hear.
Hank Azaria is a wooden as hell and Perry god a lucky man to have made so much money with so little talent.
Kelly Reilly the only talent on show still fails with mamets dire script,to write such filth the man is sick!!
Dont waste your money and annnoys me so much that is rubbish is sold out and great shows are closing,the media have a lot to answer for.!! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
29 Jun 03
I enjoyed this play thoroughly and though that all the cast played the characters they had to the fullest. The lack of interval did not bother me, it may seem unusual to some, but myself taking part in local theatre in my area, and having recently been in a play also with no interval, sometimes in the way a play flows, an interval would just not work. I go to the theatre to yes enjoy myself, but also to respect the fact that, even though they are professionals, they are still working up there and doing a job that I know is not an easy one and for that I give then my full attention and respect. It is a great chance to see these well known actors on stage, but to knock them down because they are well known, well that is just about as unfair as you can get. I enjoyed this play and it was a good night out. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
15 Jun 03
Abysmal. The play failed to engage me and I was utterly bored well before the end. I felt the acting was ok, given the material, but the script was simply awful. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
09 Jun 03
Absolutely dreadful, thank the lord it was only a short play! I found myself looking at my watch after just 20 minutes. Don't bother!!! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
06 Jun 03
Definately wouldn't recommend this play, a terriblecast who played their roles without energy in a dull and boring way. The set and the music were ok. Matthew Perry did a very bad job, Kelly Reily is fine but nothing special. I thought all of the cast were bored with their parts, especially Minnie Driver. Overall I thought it was waste of time and money and didn't enjoyed the play, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
06 Jun 03
awful, please do not bother. matthew perry shouts his lines in a wooden, unconvincingly-accented manner. minnie driver is better, but not much. the wardrobe dept also fails: 1990's style trousers and g-string knickers...in the 1970's?! i'm not sure whether the fact that it only lasted just over an hour was a blessing or further proof of top-price tickets being a total rip-off! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
05 Jun 03
Truly bad. This is a an awful production of a terrible play. Matthew Perry is bad, Minnie Driver is even worse and Kelly Reilly disappoints. This play shouldn't have been revived. Maybe it was ok for the seventies audiences, although I doubt it, but it's pretty pointless today. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
05 Jun 03
Set and music are quite good. Everything else is awful in this production including the wooden performances,especially Miss Driver. Very dated play with lots of pointless swearing. It might have had some relevance in the seventies but today it all seems like a load of nonsense. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
04 Jun 03
The pauses between scenes seemed too long at times and Mamet's dialogue looks quite dated in this unneccesary revival of his play. The performers can't save the day either as they are just adequate. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
03 Jun 03
Very long scene changes in a very boring play. Minnie Driver is dreadful on stage, the others are fine, nothing to rave about. If it's selling well is only because of the star names. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
02 Jun 03
The performances are ok apart from Minnie Driver who is awful but the play is incredibly dated and the bad language totally gratuitous, maybe shocking in the 70s but not these days. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
01 Jun 03
Only the sets are worth it in this overrated production of a very seventies play which is totally irrelevant nowadays. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
31 May 03
Terrible, this is theatre at its worst. The play is ok although a bit too seventies but the performances leave a lot to be desire. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
30 May 03
Truly bad. Very dated play, totally irrelevant today. Famous names but wooden acting. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
29 May 03
This is theatre lite! Famous names, easy play and all done and dusted in 80 minutes leaving loads of time for dinner before catching your train home. No serious insights into the human condition - but it rocked along and was well staged. Of the 4 actors, Frank Azaria and Kelly Reilly were the strongest, Minnie Driver certainly warmed up, but Matthew Perry just failed to convince. BUT - it was a great opportunity to see famous names in the flesh falling back on whatever natural talent they possess.....there were a few great lines...."Oh, You're trying to understand women, and I'm just confusing you with information" - being my favourite. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
28 May 03
Since when was theatre judged on quantity not quality? Those grumbling about the length of this incendiary Mamet revival should have perhaps done a little research before they stumped up their forty quid! There are a few reasons that the casual theatre goer/sex fiend might be drawn to SPIC, but its as 'theatrical' an evening as you'll find this side of the Donmar.
The set design does detract hugely from the action but the sheer venom of Hank Azaria's Bernie and Minnie Drivers confused but Machievellian Joan make its shportcomings fade into the background. Perry is just as good in a less showy part; struggling with himself, his growing affection for his new squeeze versus his overpowering best friend.
If you love brutal character pieces give it a go. If you want to see that guy from 'Friends' in a riotous mainstream comedy........stick to your TV! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
16 May 03
Definately would recommend this play, an excellent cast who played their roles brilliantly. The set and the music were especially good, and the feeling like you were watching a movie was a great technique. Matthew Perry did an excellant job of ditching the baggage from his role Chandler off friends, and kelly reily is a definate actress to watch out for, as she played an excellent role, i thought all of the cast were great, minnie driver played a great damaged young woman and hank azaria played a perfect part as a male shovonisist pig and had some very witty lines. Overall i thoroughly enjoyed the play, and i would definately recommend it for people who enjoy comedy and a generally great time, i in particularly enjoyed it as it was my 18th birthday and i even plan to go and see it again later on in the year. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
16 May 03
Truly shocking. It gets one star from the quality of Hank Azaria's acting but this is a lazy, over-gimmicky production of a terrible play. Matthew Perry is shockingly bad, Minnie Driver makes a good fist of an under-written part and Kelly Reilly disappoints. This is a play that shouldn't have been revived. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
16 May 03
The set, music and lighting were excellent. Hank's acting was OK. The others were wooden. The script was mediocre: persistent swearing and crudity demonstrates creative laziness on behalf of the author. Go and see Dawn French in 'My Brilliant Divorce',it's far superior. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
14 May 03
Although the breaks between scenes seemed too long at times, this production successfully highlighted the cynicism, humour and the rough and provocative quality of Mamet's dialogue. The performances were all very good, at times brilliant, although in some moments the actors seemed not yet completely at ease with the material. I was definitely impressed by Matthew Perry's confidence on stage, considering this is his West End debut, and his ability to bring not just humour but especially humanity and a touch of sadness to the role. Also impressive was Kelly Reilly's performance. Definitely a young talent to watch. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
13 May 03
i can't believe that anybody would think that Matthew Perry was weak?! He was the best actor in the play. Minnie Driver just isn't cut out for theatre. Matthew definately bought along that charming 'beyond-sarcastic-element' to the play, whether you will like that or not! scene changes are definately too long, it disrupted the flow and voyeuristic element of it all. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
11 May 03
Went to see it last night, Matthew Perry was v.good, and so was Hank Azaria. It goes on for 1hr and 20mins and there is no interval. Minnie Driver looked the part, but she seemed v.nervous. Kelly reily was brilliant, and was able to be just as funny as matthew perry. It seemed to get a bit deep half way through, whenever danny(matthew) and deb(kelly) began arguing and asking how the other felt etc...sick bag...the set and lighting was v.impressive,it changed from house to beach to office very quickly.The music was also very entertainig, in between set changes.The language in the play was crude and often unnecessay, but hey ho.i liked the scene at the end where matthew and Hank are on the beach half naked...! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
11 May 03
They rhythm of Mamet's language is difficult to capture and this production occasionally becomes the Mamet equvalent of those plays who deliver Shakespeare in modern syntax with no regard for the meter. That said this is a solid production that emphasises the humour of the text and features big name actors who aren't afraid to get into the characters - Perry in particular does a great job ditching the baggage of his Friend's role. I'd recommend it - you'll have a long wait for a better producton of this in the UK. BTW - the sets are excellently handled, as is the music. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
07 May 03
Terrible. The cast and direction made what is an excellent play seem less than ordinary. This play is all about the rhythms of the speech, something the actors never got the hang of, making every scene, which should be like rapid-fire, long and drawn out.
I don't think any of the actors felt comfortable on stage, they all looked terrified for most of it - especially Perry. I've seen better. It'll probably sell out though. Seems to be if you have a "name" then the show doesn't have to be good. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
06 May 03
Very ordinary and wouldn't recommend. Think I probably disliked the play and direction rather than the performances but they weren't that great either (with Matthew Perry the weakest). No doubt after further previews the tempo will pick up but for the moment it is very slow moving with the breaks between each scene too long. We were in the front row and could hear people walking around backstage and props being dropped which was very distracting (maybe a bad night?) However after seeing the queue for returns no doubt it will be a sellout. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
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