thEatRE FOR YOuR ENtERtaiNMENt ThesPaces on The mile @ The raDisson (Venue 39) HHHHH
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.
Until today, 9:15pm.