Waterloo East Theatre
Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:15 PM
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:31 AM
Sadly the play, a two-hander, wasn't up to much. It starts with an attractive blonde woman trying to have a relaxing time in a sunny park but is bothered by a creepy nerdy bloke. Early on we then see all is not as it seems. It sounds promising, and overall I could see what it was trying to do, but the basis of the story as it developed was silly, it telegraphed its ending like a beacon, and as a whole it somehow managed to be both half-baked and over-cooked. But most of the audience seemed to appreciate it. As I started to leave, I heard someone say "I really liked how it showed the male perspective on women in power". Which I thought was giving it some side it didn't deserve, but I'm sure he wasn't the only person to get something from it.
The performances were okay, Jon Shaw in particular. I've yet to see Sarah Manners be completely convincing on stage, but she wasn't bad. I liked the theatre, it's a nice dank-smelling little auditorium that seats about 80, the set was simple but effective, and generally (including FOH) there's a sense of a small space very well utilised. The staff are friendly and efficient. I'll definitely go back, I quite fancy the Dario Fo.
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