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thiS new piece of the­atre by writer and di­rec­tor Boris Mitkov is touched by ex­cel­lence in places, but there are too many flaws to rec­om­mend ei­ther it, or him, as the fin­ished ar­ti­cle yet.

the set-up is in­trigu­ing, though, as we meet the painfully or­di­nary Evans fam­ily: Philip, a teacher and lov­ing fa­ther with an un­healthy in­ter­est in his pretty, 14-year-old pupil El­lie; teenage daugh­ter Sarah, awk­ward and af­flicted with OCD, her psy­chi­a­trist lust­ing af­ter her fa­ther; mum, dy­ing of can­cer, and turn­ing her fam­ily and death into a painfully hon­est book.

What rings least true is a fram­ing se­quence in which the fam­ily ex­plain them­selves on an imag­i­nary tV re­al­ity show pre­sented by, for no ap­par­ent rea­son, a clown nar­ra­tor, played to de­lib­er­ately hammy ef­fect by Steven Roberts.

these are staged well enough, but di­rect the au­di­ence around the points the play is try­ing to make in al­most pa­tro­n­is­ing style. Far bet­ter to have let some of the breath­tak­ingly writ­ten and per­formed scenes stand up on their own.

DaviD POl­lOCk

Un­til to­day, 9:15pm.

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