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A couple are visiting friends for lunch. It is a perfect afternoon, drinks in the sun in the garden. As the men chat they hear the women laughing in the kitchen - are they laughing about them? Both husbands have been undergoing therapy and during the afternoon the social niceties give way revealing the deep problems in both marriages.
18 October 2012
Michael Wall's 1992 play Women Laughing is a dark, engaging and at times hilarious exploration of both mental illness and the futility of suburban life. Safely rooted in that most British world of ‘awkward turtle’ situational comedy, the talented Blueprint Theatre Company provide a detailed and thoughtful take on a play that is a peculiar mix of comfortable audial theatre and surprisingly uncomfortable physical performance.
Originally a one-act radio play, Women Laughing follows the journey of two suburban couples as they gently dance around the subject of psychological therapy. Wall’s strength as a writer is certainly his wordplay, with almost Joycean monologues interwoven with wonderful one-liners: “I hate it when I disuse a word”, “that AIDS advert on the telly”.
This is where the production flies, and Mark Rose is electrifying as Colin. Seamlessly moving from moustache-twitching irritant to open-hearted l...
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