Quite a shocking play centring around a man on a sex offenders’ register in small town USA. “Shocking” as in mood-affecting.
It was good drama, although in some ways lacked something dramatically given the quality of the material and the superb cast and crew lined up at the Bush of all places.
- Michael Billington in the Guardian really liked it – praising the coverage of the difficult issues compared with some other theatrical attempts – click here;
- Charles Spencer in the Telegraph, by contrast, was comparatively disappointed by this play/production – click here;
- Kate Bassett in the Independent was critical especially of Joseph Fiennes in the lead and Josie Rourke’s directing – click here;
- Then again, Ian Shuttleworth in the FT was really taken with the play/production – click here.
We found this evening hard going on a Friday evening, but for the right reasons. The play really made us think about the subject matter; Janie and I were talking about it all weekend. That’s good theatre in our book, even if the play and production fall short of the “absolutely top notch” class.
Really good stuff from the Bush, this.