An 80-minute lecture by a Dutch librarian, possibly the most boring man in the universe, did not sound like the most riveting entertainment. Despite Richard Sciff's exemplary performance Underneath the Lintel lived down to expectations. This is a story of futility: an ultimately inconclusive search for someone who might be a myth by an utterly nondescript man. Initially intriguing but ultimately contrived, Schiff's performance just about manages to hold interest but quite honestly the biggest mystery is why Glen Berger thought this a suitable subject for a play. David Baxter (7.3.07) - David Baxter
08 Mar 07
It's an interesting concept with a great performance from Schiff BUT I felt that the whole piece was let down by the ending. It just ends, there doesn't appear to be a resolution to who left the book and whether or not The Librarian is deluded/mad/obsessed/trying to make up the love that he is missing in his own life.
Go for the Schiff. - Duncan Steele
28 Feb 07
Average play. Amazing performance by Richard Schiff. Kept my attention for the full hour and a half. - Caroline Hall
22 Feb 07
I love Richard Schiff from the West Wing so it was such a joy to see him on stage. I love the show too. - freebird
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