Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Theatre review: The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle
Dan Herd's production is one that improves as it goes on. Its opening, underscored by guitar music and grinning cast members, seems to set things up for an unbearably twee evening, but mercifully this proves to be just a prologue. The narration soon becomes much less frequent while characters get a chance to develop and a story to be told.
The play is amiably performed by the cast and there's a satisfying shape to the way the story's different strands come together. The fact that I'm struggling to find much to say about the show is probably mainly because there's not a lot that's new in its story of looking back at a life of regrets and missed opportunities, but it's entertainingly enough done and has a heart to it that becomes more apparent as the action unfolds.
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle by Ross Dungan is booking until the 20th of April at Soho Theatre Upstairs.
Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes straight through.