Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Theatre review: Detroit
Detroit is essentially the story about being careful who you invite into your home and into your life, packaged in a witty script and with excellent performances that made it, for me at least, a very entertaining evening that seemed to go by quicker than its nearly two-hour running time. Staged in traverse, Depinet's simple set hides a few surprises as the play turns into chaos. Adamsdale and Dunne are likeable as the jittery couple barely managing to stay out of the abyss, Mitchell and McQuarrie equally good as the seemingly content couple who'd really just like to jump right into it. There isn't really a great deal below the surface of the play itself - a final scene which attempts to solidify a message about the nostalgia for a sitcom neighbourhood that never was versus the reality, ends up just feeling odd and misjudged. But if it's less profound than I suspect it may think it is, Detroit is at least an entertaining ride.
Detroit by Lisa D'Amour is booking in repertory until the 14th of July at the National Theatre's Cottesloe.
Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes straight through.