Friday, May 27, 2005

The critic in me

I don't think I've ever written a post about a play before but I promised Richard Wilson (not the former head of the civil service but the former star of "One foot in the grave" who is the director of this play) that if I liked his play I'd tell a few people and this seems to be the best way to do that. It's called "The Woman Before" and is on at the Royal Court in Sloane Square. Before the show, Richard said that he wouldn't spend any time with us if we didn't laugh at least during the first two scenes which, oddly enough for a German writer, are really quite funny; but that after that, he'd understand if we didn't laugh so much as then "the darkness sets in." Well, I loved it. It runs an hour and a quarter, no intervals. And then you can pop round the corner for dinner at Le Poulet au Pot or, as the taxi driver said, "Ah, you mean the chicken in the pot".

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