5 Feb. 05
This was a big gamble for the Monks, because Kevin Spacey was panned with his first show at the Old Vic, and we paid out a small fortune for tickets for a play which had not been reviewed, and of which we had no idea of what it was about.
In fact it is about small town America and petit-minded consumerism, and about what might happen when an all consuming model couple have their designer space invaded by an uninvited neighbour, Kevin Spacey, a fireman with some baggage, and the catalyst for some dramatic and athletic action particularly in the second half.
Enough of the plot. Was it entertaining?
"Yes" says Mr. Monk
"No" says Mrs. Monk
This is somewhat ironic since this is the show Mrs. Monk "had to see", and with some considerable expense of Mr. Monk.
The papers have been particularly negative again, because they say the American upstart and would-be Larry Olivier, has again disappointed because it is not as funny as Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, for example.
I am not so sure it set out to be compared to Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, for example, but I am inclined to defer to the respected critic Mark Lawson, who actually said that he would be pleased to go back and see it again.
No thank you. Once was enjoyable, but enough.