When Ann (Piper) loses her egotistical and violent ex-boyfriend Dave (Kris Marshall), she tries to rebuild her shattered confidence by forming a rebound relationship with Patrick (Laurence Boswell – Piper’s real-life boyfriend), the office bore. All is going as expected until Dave returns on a macho mission to try and win her back. Hampton’s 1976 three-hander, which has been updated to 21st-century London, is directed by Laurence Boswell and produced by Bill Kenwright.
Opening night critics said Piper gave as good as she gets in a “two-dimensional” role that doesn’t give the actress much scope. While some thought she was “really rather good”, others found her bland and cold, though they blamed the script rather than actress. They were impressed with Marshall’s macho Dave, and enjoyed Fox’s geeky portrayal of the new love interest. However, while they found the premise of the love triangle interesting and praised Hampton’s clever use of language and structure, most critics felt the play was slightly dated and the characters lacked depth.
- by Caroline Ansdell