Ali Mossop was the best actor. His performance was most enjoyable to watch. Hari Hobson ranted a little too much, sometimes too loudly for my liking. The youngest daughters were no more than adequate along with their suitors. The eldest daughter was a suitable foil for Ali's inadequacies and later reborn confidence. I liked the staging. The shop was excellent along with the downstairs workroom. I expected something different on moving over to the church hall. On the whole not as good as some of the other productions I have seen at the Young Vic e.g. Raisins in the Sun and the Daughter-in-Law. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
15 Jul 03
The play has survived the transition to the asian community of Salford 2003 very well. It's a highly inventive production, served by an exceptional design and good performances. In fact, it's a rare event - a fun night at the theatre. Go! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
12 Jul 03
We didn't know what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed the play, very watchable and made us laugh. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
07 Jul 03
I loved Paul Bhattacharjee’s Hari Hobson, a pompous man who inflates his own ego at every opportunity (no, not me stupid). Yasmin Wilde is wonderful as the strong willed older daughter Durga, I have to say that the other two daughters are not very substantial, but their boyfriends fair much better; Gareth Farr as lawyer Steve Prosser is perfectly Northern and Lawyerly and the very sweet James Kristian is Robbi Ash a cycling local press photographer.
The set is wonderful, spanning the whole of the Young Vic (meaning straight rows of non raked seating), from the shop to the kitchen with the workshop (this is now a tailors shop) below. And working away in that cubby hole is the wonderful Richard Sumitro as Ali Mossop the man who will marry Durga and transform himself, Mr Sumitro was excellent as the wishy washy Ali and even better as the hard nosed negotiator Ali (still in thrall to his wife naturally).
An exuberantly played piece, with a good cast and set, a good evening of gentle (if sometimes radical) comedy. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
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