Gun play and fourth-wall rupturing
This article is from 2010.
The prison that love and obsession can become is familiar enough territory in the theatre to need little preamble, and here, if the kind of situations that might arise are predictable, they’re no less entertaining for that.
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart’s new play, in which he also leads, focuses on a thirtysomething man who plots revenge against the wife who abandoned him at the altar and his best man, with whom she has absconded. In a familiar bourgeois lounge room, Bruce-Lockhart’s anti-hero awaits the return of his former partner on a Christmas Eve that neither she (Penelope Rawlins) nor her lover (John Sackville) will forget. What transpires involves that old standby of the handgun and the menacing game of truth or dare. Although there’s a certain amount of rupturing of the fourth wall amongst all this, it’s a device that isn’t really needed; the piece might have benefited instead by playing as an old fashioned thriller from beginning to end. That said, the performances are all strong, with Bruce-Lockhart writing himself a part that showcases his charismatic, bravura acting style.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6557, until 30 Aug (not 16, 22), 3.50pm, £10–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).