Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Theatre review: The Doctor's Dilemma
Shaw gives Ridgeon (Aden Gillett) an added twist in his decision to play god: Whoever he refers to a different doctor will most likely die, and Dubedat has a wife, Jennifer (Genevieve O'Reilly) who's caught the doctor's own eye. Even while her husband's still alive, Ridgeon is thinking about taking his place. The Doctor's Dilemma turns out to be rather an odd play. Interestingly staged here in Nadia Fall's production, with the kind of elaborate set (by Peter McKintosh) that has become a Lyttelton trademark, the production can't always disguise the often abrupt lurches from comedy to drama and back. Sometimes it's very effective, nowhere more so than when Malcolm Sinclair's verbose Sir Ralph punctures one of the play's most serious scenes with a hilarious mangling of a variety of Shakespeare speeches. At other points though it can make you wonder just what it is you're watching.
The Doctor's Dilemma by Bernard Shaw is booking until the 12th of September at the National Theatre's Lyttelton.
Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes including interval.