Yours for the Asking
From: Wednesday, 5th September 2012
To: Saturday, 6 October 2012
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A perfume advertising campaign goes wrong. A cynical reporter and a young photographer interview the attractive young model now at the centre of a scandal. The lift to her apartment breaks down, the paper wants its story and journalists are out of contact...
Michael Coveney - 10 September 2012
A depressed, badly paid journalist is trapped in a lift while interviewing a disheartened model for a women's magazine he despises. He growls at her from under an all-purpose table while she cavorts existentially to the strains of the "Elvira Madigan" Mozart piano concerto.
Not the most promising of scenarios for a good night out, you might think, but veteran Spanish playwright Ana Diosdado's 1973 play - which kicks off an appealing international season at the Orange Tree, with Jules Feiffer, an Ibsen rarity and Feydeau to follow - keeps you guessing and sends a poignant message from Franco's era.
It seems that the life of a minor celebrity, Mia Austen's doe-eyed perfume pusher Susi, whose semi-naked body adorns the posters round the theatre balcony, is a nightmare because of censorious neighbours. And Steven Elder's washed-up journo Juan is a different sort of victim.
The play, niftily directed by Sam Walters, is intriguingly structured,...
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