This is a pair of shorts by Arthur Miller which we haven't seen in London for 23 years, so how can a Miller fan resist.
In I Can't Remember Anything, we're with neighbours Leo & Leonora. (It's only now, 12 hours later, that I'm pondering the significance of those names - two sides of the same character / personality?). They are in life's endgame, forever recalling the past, often disagreeing. Miller seems to be exploring how memories change depending on what we want to remember, our hindsight and disposition. He paints a rather poignant and moving picture of ageing which is beautifully staged and performed with great humanity by real husband-and-wife team David Burke and Anna Calder-Marshall.
Clara is a detective story. We're in the apartment of Clara, who has been murdered, with her father and the detective who is questioning him. In a state of shock, her father is struggling to recall things. He has visions of his daughter the detective doesn't see and on one occasion they talk. Of course, it isn't really a detective story as we're again exploring issues of memory. Rolf Saxon as the father and Roger Sloman as the detective are both outstanding.
I'd be lying if I said I understood exactly what Miller is trying to say, but it certainly makes you think. Whatever you decide, you have to accept that director Ed Viney and designer Anna Finch have given them impeccable productions with the help of a first class cast that the best theatres in the land would be proud to have. Another gold star for Jermyn Street Theatre. - Gareth James
21 Jul 11
We saw the initial run-through and in the first two-hander Anna Calder-Marshall was a little unsure of her lines, however familiarity will tighten things up , making this an entertaining reflection on intimate relations and selective memory. The second detective piece was more assured, the dream-like interactions and projected interplay offering an imaginative realisation of this work and its handling of memory blocking and false recollection. Both plays are elliptical in their approach which gives scope for speculative interpretation in this little gem of a theatre. - kilburncat
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