RULES FOR LIVING REVIEW
RULES for Living is a fast-paced, dark comedy.
The playwright Sam Holcroft takes the traditional dysfunctional-family-meetsfor-christmas-dinner premise and combines it with cognitive behavioural therapy, as the characters’ individual coping strategies are shared with the audience in a striking and original way. The theme is further extended by the card game played in the second act, as the characters show an equal lack of success in following its rules as they do following their “rules for living.” The result is an excellent and entertaining choice by Stoke Rep for their end of year play.
Director Alan Clarke demonstrates a fine eye for character and pace, and has coaxed excellent performances from the whole cast.
The production makes ingenious use of the stage, and the actors cope magnificently with the props. ■ Rules for Living concludes its run at Stoke Rep tonight. Phone 01782 209784 for tickets.