Review Round-up: Critics Jumpy-ing for joy at Royal Court transfer?
Starring Tamsin Greig and Doon Mackichan, the play explores the lost idealism that comes with middle age, as well as the difficulties of parenting - epitomised in Bel Powley, who plays Tilly, a difficult and rebellious teenage daughter.
Directed by Nina Raine, the production runs until 3 November 2012.
The male mid-life crisis is a stage staple, yet the word menopause is barely whispered in the theatre -- making April de Angelis's smart comedy a rare exception... The whole thing is glued together by a remarkable performance from Greig, who adroitly plays the role for laughs, but also movingly suggests a woman in mourning for her lost self. It's too long, however, and more convincing as an examination of liberal parenting (the best scene has parents gathered to discuss a teenage pregnancy) than of politics. Too often, also, it sacrifices credibility to comedy. But how often do you get a West End play that's intelligent, funny and puts contemporary mid-life women centre stage?
Jumpy is a sharp-witted play about midlife crisis and parental angst, packed with zest by its creator April De Angelis. In the lead role, Tamsin Greig is brilliant, her performance full of eloquent detail... She's well supported in Nina Raine's confident production, in particular by Bel Powley as the permanently pouting Tilly. As the ludicrous Frances, Doon Mackichan has one astonishing sequence involving a dance routine that she seems to think will revive both her acting career and her love life... The writing is perceptive, even if sometimes it feels as though it has traded nuance for comic breadth... Politically the play could pack more of a punch, but Jumpy is worth seeing for Greig alone.
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