THE DUCK HOUSE (comedy)
Ends 29th March 2014.
Labour MP Robert Houston is about to turn Conservative. Then the 2009 "Expenses
Scandal" breaks... suddenly his ideal life with wife Felicity, son Seb, Seb's
girlfriend Holly and Ludmilla the Russian housekeeper could fall apart.
A new comedy by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash, directed by Terry Johnson and
starring Ben Miller, Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simpon
Shepherd and Diana Vickers.
Reports, at best, are mixed. There's praise for Nancy Carroll and Debbie Chazen
in particular, for grace and comic timing respectively. It's the script that is
the problem. Not biting enough for satire, and too slow and loosly constructed
for farce. There's some good jokes, but the second half apparently isn't as
strong as the first, and the result is lighter and simpler than the potential
from the material suggests. Something for a thought-free evening out during the
holiday season, is the verdict.