Thursday, 29 September 2016
Theatre review: R and D
David also believes that a companion, even an electronic one, will help his brother overcome his grief, but Lewis mainly ends up going along with it because the money will help his daughter Eva's (Ellie Turner) expensive education.
Nadia Fall's production is simple and watchable, with Gillett and Hutson understatedly setting up the differences between the brothers. Murphy's April starts as a bit of a standard portrayal of a robot, cocking her head to the side like Princess Diana, but does increasingly bring some interesting ambiguity to the character.
But while I like a short running time, here it comes with a piece that feels equally slight, Vinnicombe not really convincing me that he's found anything particularly new to say. It also builds to what feels like should have been a bigger twist ending than we get. R and D touches on big subjects but not altogether confidently.
R and D by Simon Vinnicombe is booking until the 22nd of October at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes straight through.
Photo credit: Robert Day.