Monday, 23 March 2015
Her recollections are interspersed with Smith's poetry, sometimes recited by a Man (Chris Larkin) who at times is an ex-fiancé, at others may represent the figure of Death she saw as a kind of lifelong companion. Christopher Morahan's production is gentle, and nicely performed, but "nice" is about all I can say about it. Smith's poems, sweet laced with darkness, were the moments that grabbed my attention, but little else did. Not being paid to review does have advantages, and one of them is being able to admit that something just isn't your cup of tea and - at the risk of the show changing direction drastically after the interval - calling it a night.
Stevie by Hugh Whitemore is booking until the 18th of April at Hampstead Theatre.
Running time: Advertised as 2 hours 10 minutes including interval.