Thursday 24 May 2012
Theatre review: The Suit
There's backing from three musicians, which occasionally rises to a lively jazz beat (and Kheswa's three songs are by far the best bits of the show, I'd have happily stuck them on my iPod if I could) but for the most the music is soporific, the chances of me falling asleep felt very real at times. Jared McNeill and Rikki Henry multitask all the remaining roles, often in quite a broad comical style: Occasionally the band or the odd audience member gets brought on stage to join the action, with a playful energy that feels like it would be a hit in a different show. But here it just jars with the earnest sobriety on display in the main story, and makes for another reason The Suit just doesn't fit. (But a woman in the front row gave it a standing ovation in floods of tears so there really is no accounting for taste.)
The Suit by Can Themba, adapted by Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk, is booking until the 16th of June at the Young Vic.
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes straight through.