Speaking in Tongues centres on nine parallel lives - interlocked by four infidelities, one missing person and a mysterious stiletto - which are interwoven through a fragmented series of confessionals, interrogations and ‘split-screen’ scenes, all drawn together by the investigations of Simm's character, Leon Zat.
Overnight critics were more unanimous in their reactions than they were earlier in the year to the Almeida's mounting of Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling (See Review Round-up, 26 May 2009). However, for all the plaudits - “compelling”, “intelligent”, “sharp” - it was difficult to find an out-and-out rave among the broadsheet pages. Of the performances, all four cast members acquitted themselves well, successfully navigating a plot that the Guardian's Michael Billington described as a “theatrical spaghetti junction”.
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