Country: Alma Tavern Theatre
Friday 11th July 2008
is a Crackerjack review of The Country.
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rating: 8 / 10.
Ever held your breath for a whole hour?
it – I challenge you – at the Alma Tavern
Theatre, where Martin Crimp’s masterly play The
Country is currently unleashing a torrent of lust, lies
and unremitting tension on white-knuckled audiences.
acclaimed Milagro theatre company tells a thumping anti-pastoral
tale of how one family’s quiet country life is shattered
when the past, symbolically rooted in an unnamed city,
collides fatefully with the present in a salutary parable
of how, beneath every silver lining, lurks a gigantic
Country is a sinister triumph. There’s no interval,
no distracting set-changes - nothing but a nervy couple,
GP Richard and his wife Corinne, whose lives implode when
a supersized skeleton crashes out of Richard’s closet.
He stumbles, in the dead of one black night, into the
home he shares with Corinne and their two children, with
an unconscious young woman sprawled in his arms. Is she
dead? Or merely dead drunk? Their rural idyll, a sort
of Virgilian pastoral gone awry, unravels with horrifying
must be heaped on a tight-knit cast which depicts characters’
increasingly desperate and opaque actions with subtlety
utterly convincing Chris Donnelly, as Richard, deftly
provides light relief with his delightful undertow of
Sadler, as Corinne, is his perfect foil and gracious to
a fault towards lissom interloper Rebecca, from whom pours
equal doses of poison and misery and played with frankly
terrifying viciousness by Rosanna Marks.
unsettling look at how the Good Life turns rotten pits
pastoral myth against human nature with breathtaking audacity.
warned: do not make that move to the country.