Review Round-up: Hodge Receives Judgement at Donmar
Bill Maitland (Douglas Hodge) is a middle aged lawyer struggling to avoid the harsh truths of his life. He puts himself on trial to fight for his sanity when he becomes isolated from his family, friends, and colleagues.
"Though it gives Douglas Hodge opportunity to dazzle, the play never gains momentum of its own … Soutra Gilmour’s design has the look of a fish-tank that needs cleaning … Hodge plays him like a rhinoceros learning to rollerskate, slipping and sliding around, but occasionally pulling off an inadvertent triple pirouette … Hodge’s energy is, in itself, remarkable, but he still maintains several layers with real care. His Maitland is both entertainer, chasseing across the stage and twisting case notes into punchlines, and embittered depressive. It is a complex performance that never loses sight of either humour or torment, even as the latter grows dominant for Maitland’s eventual breakdown … Lloyd smartly has Al Weaver double as Maples and Jones ... There’s great support from Esther Hall as Maitland’s level-headed mistress Liz and Daniel Ryan as Hudson, the lawyer tired of holding the fort, but Karen Gillan’s fans might be disappointed, since her cameo role has been over-billed."