Friday, 3 July 2015
Theatre review: 36 Phone Calls
Ross does a convincing job of showing us the hypochondriac Martin fall apart while trying to keep it together, but something about Jo McInnes' production didn't hold my attention, and I ended up more preoccupied with counting the phone calls than empathising with the character.
It could simply be that Brock's play is too unremittingly bleak. Apart from what feels like it should be a comic scene, where Martin tries to talk on all four phones at once - but due to the subject matter of those calls it's not actually a lighter moment after all - there's no change of pace from the unremitting spiral into despair, and while on a technical level I could appreciate Ross' performance and the lyrical nature of what Brock's doing at times with the script, I found this a hard play to like.
36 Phone Calls by Jeremy Brock is booking until the 18th of July at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes straight through.