Monday, 3 September 2012
Theatre review: Blink
Porter's play walks the fine line of these sorts of romances, between "quirky" and "creepy," tipping over into the latter more often than most. Sophie sends Jonah a video baby monitor, with which he can watch and listen to her but not communicate back. As she starts to get her confidence back and leave the house, Jonah graduates into stalking, and their "dates" consist of her going to places she thinks he might enjoy following her to. It takes a major event to actually get them to speak to each other.
Bunny in the same theatre and now this, she would seem to be a talent to watch out for. McEntire seems an obvious choice for Jonah: A couple of years back someone seems to have decided that he could be allowed to play heterosexual characters, as long as they were a bit otherworldly. His trademark disconcertingly wide grin, like a benign Joker, suits Jonah's delighted reaction to everything new in the world he's been shielded from by his upbringing, while suggesting that there might be something a bit more sinister underneath his innocence. Although surely McEntire must be wishing by now for a bit more variety in the roles he's offered.
Blink by Phil Porter is booking until the 22nd of September at Soho Theatre Upstairs.
Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes straight through.