Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Theatre review: Product
The sense of an obvious prejudice that doesn't quite want to admit it exists - Leah constantly refers to Mohammed as "this dusky fellow" - is well-observed, as are the familiar tropes her script plays on.
But more importantly it's very funny throughout: Some of the best moments are in the utter banalities with which the script responds to the extreme situation - the movie's lead discovering her "converted loft-style apartment" now hosts a terrorist cell, leads her to despair at the long line of bad choices she's made in men.
It doesn't hurt that Poulet's perfect as the misguidedly enthusiastic executive, throwing herself into acting out the script and flattering the unseen actress, rapidly getting more desperate as it becomes obvious she isn't interested. It's a show with one big idea that it follows through very well, and unlike its lead character, Robert Shaw's production pitches it just right.
Product by Mark Ravenhill is booking until the 23rd of May at Arcola Studio 2.
Running time: 50 minutes straight through.