I kept expecting the play to deliver a grusome shock or cunning twist (I was longing for Betty's husband to appear silhouetted in the doorway weilding an axe or something following one of the blackouts!), but sadly the plot kept plodding predictably along. The acting was superb but the relationship between the characters was implausible and the characters themselves not very likeable or believeable - I just didn't care enough about them to mind very much what happened in the end. And the sudden revelation of mild incest seemed shoe-horned in for effect but was unnecessary and added nothing to the plot. The "big twist" was obvious from about half-way through the play, and once you'd figured that out it was rather a long trudge to the end. Shame the script let down the actors as they deserved better. I was expecting an intense thriller but was sadly disappointed. (Matthew Fox is still gorgeous though!) - Celia
17 May 11
Just seen the play and though Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams were good in their roles, I felt their characters were so complex, it didn't really get me into what their real relationship was about. Good acting but not an entertaining play and theatre quite empty--the Upper Circle closed and half of the Dress Circle where we sat was empty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Joe Spiteri
12 Apr 11
Time was you could rely on a Neil La Bute play for edgy dialogue, confrontational situations and a clever twist. Perhaps the formula has become over-familiar and the main twist in this latest play could be seen a mile off. Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams do very well with a sometimes laboured script as siblings in a love-hate relationship which thretens to go off on an unrealised incestuous tangent. This is never less than interesting for the 100-minute duration but you expect La Bute to produce something far more than merely interesting. - David Baxter
06 Apr 11
Passable suspense drama, with lies upon lies unravelled, and Matthew Fox memorably summoning up his innate introversion to create a character with wells of buried rage; but where's the La Bute bite? It's not there. I loved Shape of Things and Fat Pig, and the film In the Company of Men too, but here La Bute fails to probe as deeply and as darkly as he has before. - Steve
01 Apr 11
Neil Labute can be a thrilling writer but this play is terrible. The relationship between the two characters is quite incredible and at no point was I convinced that they were siblings. Their relationship is simply a device to tell the equally incredible story of Betty’s love affair. Plot twist follows plot twist – each one more ludicrous than the last. The acting is impeccable but why they wanted to be involved in this play is beyond me. - fred
27 Mar 11
I do not think this review gets anywhere near the complexity of the play. - Hilary
26 Mar 11
Well done John G for the use of the C word....there's not nearly enough of it.
See you next Tuesday. - C.M.
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