Though I'm not sure this play 'goes anywhere', and I'm a bit puzzled as to why he choose to write it, I have to say it held my attention and it intrigued and entertained me. It is well wrtitten, the design is terrific and the performances uniformly good. I'm not really sure why there seems to be such a downer on it - it may not be a wow, but it's a perfectly acceptable new play. - Gareth James
15 Aug 07
This would have been better filmed, or made for TV. As a play it clunked along awkwardly on stage. If it ever had a chance for a BAFTA, and my god that would be wishfull thinking on the part of the production team, it would get one......for clearing tables! - Anon
06 Jul 07
Where do I start? Well how about with why have the National Theatre put this trite, badly written, poorly directed nonsense on one of their stages? That's good for a kick off! Two things struck me from reading the program. Firstly, the author sums up, and in my view, his play when he says, in the notes, "Being fairly new to the theatre business(a clue there I think!), I'm always aware of my potential to say the wrong thing..." Sure thing baby! And also from the notes of William Leith referring to, wait for it, King Lear, the Windsors, and the Kennedys....I kid you not! "It's always been a struggle, this family business. And it's more of a struggle now than ever." It gets worse - the play - not for a long time have I endured dialogue which is attempting to, but has no resonance with a reality. This is a play about relationships, but written by, and directed by people whom I suspect don't have any relationships of their own? Answers on a postcard please! One redeeming feature of this appalling load of twaddle was seeing Adam Gillen, struggle, and yet manage, to create a more than two dimensional character from the drivle the writer gave him to recite. The usually excellent Larry Lamb was left to flounder, without I suspect much help from the director. As for the women - Sorcha Cussack, where did you go wrong girl, and what are you doing in this tripe? In fact to be fair the same question could be levelled at all the actors. It's not their fault that Mr Hytner, who clearly has gone bonkers of late, should let loose these amateurish writers and directors in OUR National Theatre. I don't have a problem with the NT doing new plays, but for christ sake not this rubbish. The best thing was the set, but you can't hum that when you leave the theatre! - rds
06 Jul 07
EXTRAORDINARY AND HIGHLY ORIGINAL COMEDY-DRAMA.INGENIOUS WRITING. SUPERB ACTING. REWARDING. WELL WORTH A VISIT.
- ALEX GREEN
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