(seen at the afternoon performance on 4th September 2019). This is
elegant in every way. Zeller and Hampton have crisp dialogue which Michael
Longhurst ensures is delivered with impactful economy. Lizzie Clachan will
probably bag an award for her set design, and the acting is noteworthy.
In particular, Amaka Okafor as Sofia has a restrained sympathy that is
compelling. Strong work from John Light as her lover Pierre too - a comedy
highlight. Both Laurie Kynaston and Amanda Abbington acquit themselves well as
son Nicolas and ex-wife Anne, and there's notes for Martin Turner as a resigned
Sadly, the monkey only rates this three stars after all that. Why? Truthfully,
the story is predictable, and adds nothing new to any particular debate. The
set-ups and pay-offs are signalled almost from the beginning, and some of the
exchanges early on in particular feel artificial when reality is required.
Decent for a short night out, and beautifully produced, but not unmissable.