Mrs Klein, which replaces the postponed world premiere of Samuel Adamson’s A Quiet Island in the Almeida’s autumn programme (See News, 14 May 2009), centres on admired but controversial psychoanalyst Melanie Klein, who, despite her expertise, endures a fraught relationship with her own daughter.
Many overnight and weekend critics made reference to the Almeida's other recent 'therapy play' - Duet for One, which they warmly received back in February, prompting the Guardian's Michael Billington to dub the Islington venue “analyst's corner”. But it seems most of them enjoy being on the couch, as they praised Sharrock's rare revival and in particular the “brilliance” of Higgins in the title role. A few complained of a sluggish opening and the “elusive” meaning of Wright's script, but overall the tomatoes were fresh, and Mrs Klein seems to have made a very timely entrance as we enter awards season.
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