Review Round-up: NT Should Be Happy with Notices
In the “darkly comic take on contemporary life and how to survive it”, Olivia Williams stars as Kitty, a married thirtysomething career woman who has a chance encounter at a conference hotel, which leaves her struggling to balance personal freedom with family life, fidelity and a demanding job. The cast also features Anne Reid, Stanley Townsend, Dominic Rowan, Jonathan Cullen, Stuart McQuarrie and Emily Joyce. The premiere production is designed by Jonathan Fensom, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by Paul Arditti.
Most critics warmly welcomed Coxon’s middle-class domestic comedy, in which they recognised many “horrible truths”, appreciated the “freshly minted dialogue” and smiled at the “consistently funny” writing. They were also impressed by Sharrock’s “entertaining” and “superbly acted” production, with several special mentions for cast members Olivia Williams, Anne Reid, Stanley Townsend and Dominic Rowan. While critics acknowledged that Coxon’s subject matter, the pitfalls of trying to “have it all”, is nothing new, they liked her approach, with one going so far as to proclaim that this play “is the wisest, wittiest and most observant take on the topic so far”.
- by Terri Paddock