Review Round-up: Johnson's Nook No Travers-ty
In the play, first seen in 1926, newly married playboy Gerald Popkiss is on his way to Rookery Nook with his new wife Clara and his mother-in-law. Forced to travel on alone when his mother-in-law suddenly falls sick, Gerald arrives to find quite a commotion. A beautiful young girl has been thrown out of the house next door in nothing but her pink silk pyjamas and begs him to let her stay. Gerald must find the young girl some clothes and, until then, keep her hidden from his sister-in-law Gertrude, who lives nearby, and Rookery Nook's meddling maid, Mrs Leverett.
“Made me laugh more than is seemly or sensible” confessed the Evening Standard's Nick Curtis, filling in following the departure of Nicholas de Jongh. But despite the laughs there were grumblings from some quarters ranging in subject from a tame final act to, from Whatsonstage.com's Michael Coveney, the length of Neil Stuke's hair. But these didn't detract from a general consensus that with Rookery Nook, director Terry Johnson proves himself - in the words of the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer - “a man who really knows his farce from his elbow”.
- by Theo Bosanquet