dgr1 - no way is this in any way, shape or form Ayckbourn! It was however, a masterpiece in bad writing. I would agree the characters are unlikeable and as a consequence one doesn't give a toss about them. The performances are on a par with an Amdram production. James Dreyfus dishes out the same old performance he's been touting recently - why is he trying to play a straight man? His sorry attempts make him a great candidate to play Albin in La Cage aux Folle, but get a grip man, you are not cut out for it - play camp you are superb at it. It beggars belief this play got past a first reading. The set though is stunning, but was far too good for this dire drivel. The sooner it closes the better. Don't waste your hard earned(?) money on it. - rds
06 Jun 09
Despite the great set and lighting, and talented cast, this is a disappointing follow-up to the terrific Wild East. The set-up is too contrived; the device too familiar, and has been better used elsewhere. All the characters are dislikable so you don't really care what happens to them. The gasps of the Hampstead audience to frequently used c-word (and Baxendale's frocks) are the best thing about this play, which is Ayckbourn with naughty words. - dgr1
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