A spralling historical "satire" about American economics and Capitalism. Yep, sadly its as dull as it sounds. A good cast, led well by Johnny Flynn, battle manfully with the script but you know its a stinking pile of shit when an actor as good as Bill Paterson keeps tripping over his lines. I think Norris possibly falls into the same category of playwright as Alan Bennett & Shakespeare, who all never got to grips with the concept that often by having their characters say less, what is said is far more effective and meaningfull. As it happens, last week I saw Norris's "Purple Heart" at the Gate which was a far superior piece in that regard so it seems he's getting worse as he ages (yep, I loathed "Clyborne Park" as well).
I also must mention Johnny Flynn's nude scene. It really is quite odd, a good 15ish minutes in length yet so coyly and conservatively performed it looks absolutely ridiculous. Ok so there is an in-joke that requires the audience to see his arse (I'm sure many will apreciate it but can't say it was a view I was overly enthused about) but than having the leading actor's back to the audience for the majority of a lengthy scene just reduced it to some sort of "Carry On"-style bawdy farce (complete with occasional "titters" from tonight's audience). As other recent plays have shown ("The Judas Kiss", "Mydidae", etc) for stage nudity to really work it needs to be written and performed as freely and naturally as possible, unless there is a direct, specific meaning intended alternatively.
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