Josie (Best), a towering woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation, lives in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse with her conniving father, Phil Hogan (Meaney). Together they’re a formidable force as they scrape together a livelihood. But Josie’s softer side is exposed through her love of Jim Tyrone (Spacey), Hogan’s landlord and drinking buddy, a third-rate actor whose dreams of stardom were washed away by alcohol. One night, they find solace in each others’ arms, and their true feelings are revealed.
Overnight critics were unanimous in their praise of the production, with all awarding four stars and commenting the play could mark a turn-around in the fortunes of the Old Vic, following its damning reviews for Resurrection Blues and subsequent summer closure. They were highly impressed with the performances of Best and Spacey in particular, mooting them for accolades in the forthcoming awards season.
The pair are joined in the cast of A Moon for the Misbegotten by Colm Meaney, as Phil Hogan, as well as Eugene O'Hare and Billy Carter. The production continues its limited season until 23 December 2006.
- by Caroline Ansdell