Two (3 stars)

This article is from 2010.


Uneven play about a succession of couples packs a powerful punch

Two frantic, versatile actors play a succession of straight couples – in love, in hate, in cynicism – who come into a pub in the north of England. Through it all runs the relationship of the landlady and her husband, a dark, unspooling thread strung between the notes of broader farce. It’s uneven, but packs a powerful, poignant punch. TheSpaces @ Surgeons Hall, 0845 508 8515, until 28 Aug (not 15, 22), 10.45am, £7.50.

'Two' by Jim Cartwright

  • 3 stars

Two people, man and wife, landlord and landlady. Serving drinks two-by-two to the twosomes in their pub. Each has a story to tell, sometimes quirky, sometimes sad but it's always a tale you identify with. Interwoven with pint-pulling we meet Moth, a man drawn to every flame yet utterly dependent on Maudie; two elderly…

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