Well, we saw EVERYTHING in last week, and this was by far the funniest show in town. If you don't understand it, you should go back to school. Everything from the opening Mme. Recamier pose to the pishycocky fart jokes had us in stitches. Oh well. You can't please everyone. This certainly pleased four of us. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
03 Jan 02
A mess of a play: self-regarding but empty. The audience started by laughing at anything, however unfunny, but even their post-Christmas generosity petered our as the play droned on and on. Mamet is so good with fast patter plays like Glengarry Glen Ross, but when he applies his verbal acrobatics to a Wildean setting such as this, he is shown up as cold and witless. Lloyd's production attempts to inject sparkle by rushing through the play at breakneck speed, but in doing this she merely succeeds in confusing the audience still further, with the result that we neither understand nor care about these wretched women and their indulgent preoccupations. What a bore it all is - only leavened by the excellent performances by the three players (hence one star rather than none). Rictus smiles all round at curtain time - and (albeit without proof) I suspect I include the actors in that. Moreover, costing it out by the pound per minute, this is probably the most expensive evening out currently to be had in London. Avoid unless you're a Mamet freak. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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