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Monday, 4 April 2016

How the other half loves, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★

Alan Ayckbourn - the marmite of melodrama! You know what you’re going to get, so I can only blame myself for not being in the mood for a good-old-fashioned farce of misunderstandings and never ending ‘moider’. I gave this production a chance; impressive cast, great theatre, cheap tickets, but same old scenarios which now feels dated and deflated. It’s a very clever play, a real theatrical gem from the 79 plays he’s written. But I was bored, genuinely confused and almost fell asleep (as my thespian neighbour did!) during the painfully long, milking of the comedy. A very brave effort by this committed company to breathe reality into these comic caricatures, but it all felt too strained and convenient for my liking.

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