Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Theatre review: A Life
The play shows two couples decades apart, and partly deals with Drumm's regrets over the woman he loved and lost (Kate Binchy as the older Mary, Mary Mallen as the younger.) We see how he initally dismissed the doting Dolly (Judith Coke as the older, Jenny Fennessy the younger) and how, even now that she's his wife and they have children and grandchildren, he still treats her with less affection than he does Mary.
With its underplayed style and hard-to-love lead (for all his education, Drumm's tragedy is an inability to learn from his mistakes in dealing with others) A Life isn't going to be for everyone (it certainly didn't seem to be for the people next to me, who left at the interval) but it's a good example of this low-key genre, which an excellently-acted production makes a strong argument for.
A Life by Hugh Leonard is booking until the 27th of October at the Finborough Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes including interval.