Thursday, 29 November 2012
Theatre review: The Promise
Skinner's translation is accessible and witty, and Sims' direction is good at hitting all the right emotional notes - although like many a director, blocking for the Trafalgar 2's thrust seems to have defeated him (my view was fine from the centre block, but I suspect anyone in the seating block on audience left would have spent an entire crucial scene looking at the actors' backs.) There's some nice little unspoken touches during scene changes though, that give us further information about the characters' different priorities.
The Promise by Aleksei Arbuzov in a version by Penelope Skinner is booking until the 8th of December at Trafalgar Studio 2.
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes including interval.