Every week we select a choice comment from our site as Review of the Week, share it in the magazine (and here on the blog, obviously!) and send the author a decent bottle of champagne.
This week, TJ Campbell reviews The Hothouse:
“First-rate acting does not quite lift this early Pinter play into a first-rate experience. The interplay between the mad mental-care-facility director (Simon Russell Beale) and his disturbingly controlled, disciplined deputy (played excellently by John Simm) is a marvel to behold. Their interaction is leavened by the hugely entertaining John Heffernan as Lush. Although the non-sequiturs pile up, the play moves along at a brisk pace with the total running time clocking in at less than two hours. Unlike ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘The Hothouse’ involves no encounters with patients; the play is written entirely from the staff’s perspective. It is said that any organisation in decay rots from the head. This is certainly true of the grim mental health ‘care’ institution depicted here – one in which shocking acts take place.” ★★★☆☆ – TJ Campbell.
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