NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN OR THE EASILY OFFENDED.
Ends 20th July 2019.
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA. Just another American city ravaged by loss of
industry and racial tension.
Writer Lynn Nottage spent two years distilling her experiences into a play about
business and its effects on friendship.
The hit December 2019 Donmar Warehouse production comes to the West End for a
(seen at the afternoon performance on 10th January 2019 at the Donmar
Warehouse Theatre) Some actors have now left the cast.
Spanning 2000 to 2008 as the USA entered the NAFTA free trade agreement,
this is the tale of generations of factory workers suddenly finding that their
jobs for life are no more.
Frankie Bradshaw comes up with a fabulous factory / bar, Oliver Fenwick knows
when to throw light and shadows and Kate Waters how to have actors throw punches
convincingly. More to the point, Lynn Nottage has them throwing words,
relationships, youthful lives away. It's tragic and yet never bathetic. Never
demanding sympathy but eliciting goodwill, the tale unfolds with mounting
inevitability and shocking callousness on the part of those who oversee balance
sheets without regard to workers' lives.
Leanne Best (Jessie) is a terrific drunk (acting, can't comment on her personal
life), friends Cynthia (Clare Perkins) and Tracey (Matha Plimpton) the trio
augmented by Cynthia's husband Wil Johnson (Brucie) and son Osy Ikhile (Chris),
plus Tracey's Patrick Gibson (Jason). Family, at war with themselves and each
other - and darkness encroaching on all their lives.
Truly heartbreaking work from Stuart McQuarrie (Stan) and sound support from
Evan (Sule Rimi) and Sebastian Viveros (Oscar).
The monkey is not saying much, as the joy is in the discovery of how this
unfolds. Sure, it did figure out where it was going a little too soon, rather
finding the second act a little slack as a result. Still it's an involving and
very human piece performed to a very high standard.
Don't miss it.
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