NF Simpson’s short one-act plays A Resounding Tinkle and Gladly Otherwise are paired with the world premiere of Michael Frayn’s The Crimson Hotel. Actor turned associate director at the Donmar Douglas Hodge directs a cast comprising Peter Capaldi, Lyndsey Marshal, John Hodginkson and Judith Scott. The plays are designed by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Carolyn Downing, movement by Carolina Valdes, and music co-composed by Stu Barker and Douglas Hodge.
Most first night critics agreed that Absurdia provides some sound if not quite “belly aching” laughter with some weaker material to plough through before you reach moments “of gold”. Opinions as to which of the three pieces on the bill is best were divided, though some were fervently in the Frayn corner, while even some of those who weren’t credited Lyndsey Marshal’s bosom “shimmer” in Frayn’s playlet as a comic highlight of the evening.
- by Ryan Woods & Terri Paddock