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After an absolutely horrific journey to Islington thanks to the tube workers holding London to ransom, House of Games had to be good. It was - but only just. The scenes in the House of Games itself are directed with great vigour by Lindsay Posner and mamet's snappy dialogue is given full justice by a very sharp cast containing only one America. Richard Bean's adaptation is amusing rather than laugh out loud funny and it's difficult to overcome the problem that when it's clear that the whole play is based on a series of con tricks the main deception becomes blindingly obvious. The mini twist st the end is clever though and House of games works well as an essentially shallow entertainment rather than a great drama. - David Baxter
04 Nov 10
Gripping and clever but I didn't understand the change to the ending - it fell flat. However, the lead is much sexier than Joe Mantegna which helped. - addicted to theatre
12 Oct 10
Great show. - coral
01 Oct 10
I really wanted to give it 3.5, but given the talent involved I feel 3 is a bit mean! This is an adaptation, by the prolific Richard Bean (whose new play The Big Fellah also opens this week), of David Mametís excellent film about con men. Itís staged at the Almeida on a clever two-tier set by Peter McKintosh in an interval free 100-minute production with atmospheric electric guitar music by Django Bates played live. Lindsay Posnerís production is well paced. There are eight good performances, with Nancy Carroll and Amanda Drew particularly effective (the latter in two roles). I enjoyed the evening and I admired the skills of all involved, but I canít really see how staging it adds anything to the film, so Iím left with the question Ďwhy?í. - Gareth James
21 Sep 10
This is a very clever play, a box of tricks that keeps one guessing to the end. - Richard Lansdown
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