After a rare Friday night marathon with Wally Shawn at the Royal Court the evening before, we went to the Cottesloe the next night to see another affecting play.
It is basically about election observers in a West African country getting its first taste of democracy.
- Michael Billington in the Guardian pretty much sums up how we felt about this play and production;
- Ian Shuttleworth in the FT was less impressed, in a “hasn’t this all been done before?” sort of way;
- Michael Coveney in The Independent likes bits of it but ultimately finds that “it never quite catches fire” for him;
- Charles Spencer in The Telegraph found it intriguing but sometimes pedestrian.
We found it interesting and thought provoking. We were a bit “theatred out” by the end of it, but that was as much Wally Shawn’s fault from the night before as anything else. I’ll guess we went to May’s (Shanghai Knightsbridge) for some Chinese food after this one. We had many issues from the two evenings to chat about over dinner and the rest of the weekend.