This is a bold and intelligent play that dares to be a little different in style. Some of the scenes are wonderfully written. Others feel a little contrived or hermetic, and end up excluding the audience. The director makes some very counter-intuitive choices sometimes, and is more concerned with atmosphere than clarity, which doesn't always help the play make sense. The cramped proscenium stage of the tricycle is clearly not the stage the play was written for. It would have worked well at the young vic. Nevertheless, it's obvious from this that Butler is a dramatist of huge talent, and that, unlike so many others, he is not content to play safe - fred
04 Mar 08
MY GOD! This may be the worst RSC show since.....what was the last RSC show again? - Joesmith
04 Mar 08
Agree completely with the WOS review. The production is an appalling mess. Scene after scene is incomprehensible because it does not make sense or because it is gabbled by the actors. This is the kind of awful production where you are amazed that actors, director and producer did not appreciate how dreadful it was. There are many good actors in this production but their abilities are buried in this dreadful piece. While I am sure that the dramatist's intentions are worthy, it is not enough in the theatre to have worthy intentions. They have to be translated into theatre which is intelligible and watchable. - Fred
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