Underneath The Lintel (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Underneath The Lintel

A little treat for Dan Brown fans

Often compared to The Da Vinci Code, Glen Berger’s play takes its librarian protagonist from less than riveting circumstances in a provincial Dutch town to the ends of the earth and back.

His aim: to track down the anonymous borrower of a Baedeker’s travel guide that’s 113 years overdue. As the librarian becomes ever more immersed in the hunt, proceedings acquire a magical-mystery hue as it emerges his quarry might just be the Wandering Jew – a folkloric figure cursed by Christ never to cease journeying until the Second Coming.

While some of the jokes fall flat and the pace slackens at times, it’s difficult not to be charmed and intrigued by Joshua Edelman’s cheery, prop-rich production of Berger’s “cosmic-existentialist” detective monologue.

Philip O’Sullivan is particularly engaging in the lead role, morphing seamlessly from bumbling eccentric to globetrotting, relentlessly driven sleuth.

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'Underneath the Lintel' by Glen Berger

  • 3 stars

A missing library book. Abandoned trousers. An existential detective story. Joshua Edelman directs 'a cosmic puzzle that makes the Da Vinci Code look like a game of hide-and-seek' (Variety). Some very big questions are asked - and answered - in Glen Berger's funny, quirky, defiantly joyful play. Supported by Culture…