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At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, four ridiculous men play for an unwinnable love. With typical Enda Walsh humour - uproarious, farcical and bizarre - a slice of Homer’s Odyssey is re-imagined in a surreal fable for our times.
Michael Coveney - 17 February 2011
One of the best things about Enda Walsh’s 90-minute Penelope, directed by Mikel Murfi for Druid at the Hampstead Theatre, is its apparent lunacy. A chap in red speedos in a drained swimming pool is trying to grill a tiny sausage. He’s also trying to seduce the patient and ever faithful Penelope on the day that Odysseus is at last returning from his adventures.
This sad loser Quinn (Karl Sheils) is just one of four suitors for whom time, and the Irish economy, is running out. It’s hot, they’re bored, and the speechless Penelope (Olga Wehrly) is drifting around upstairs, untouchable in a provocative turquoise cocktail dress, and none of them has quite cracked the right sort of seductive speech.
We hear these speeches in a cascade of vivacious language delivered at high speed in a sauna-like temperature. It’s 33 degrees: that’s hotter than the beach in Tel Aviv in high summer. There’s ...
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David Adams - 18 February 2011:
Your two readers don't know what they're talking about. This is a manic play with some wonderful acting. Having said that one has to be slightly creative in one's listening and understanding. A very good play acted delightfully. But as Martha Graham said "No one ever put up a statue to a critic." ...