Ends Dec 16

Muswell Hill

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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The Barrow Group and The Pond Theatre Company present this black comedy about friends discussing their day-to-day worries while a natural disaster is occurring halfway around the world.

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One night in January 2010, an earthquake in Haiti leaves around a 100,000 people dead and almost two million homeless. Meanwhile, somewhere in a leafy North London suburb, a group of six individuals convene over avocado and prawns, followed by a monkfish stew. They struggle with worries over their mortgages, their mobile phone fees, their Facebook friends, their careers, their love lives, their diets, their alcohol intake, their holiday plans, and whether or not any of them will be able to make any lasting impression on history.

 
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Reviews (57)

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78
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80
Theatermania

“An old-fashioned drinking-and-fighting play…Playwright Betts interprets this tried-and-true genre better than most, while a top-notch production sends it over the top. The result is a night of laughter through clenched jaws, the kind that could only come from the recognition of something that hits a little too close to home…You may wince in recognition of the inhabitants of Muswell Hill — perhaps one of them even looks like you. You'll definitely laugh, if only out of uncanny discomfort.” Full Review

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Stage Buddy

“Often-trenchant…Betts has written some effective scenes (staged deftly by director Shannon Peterson), exposing the narrowness of these people’s lives…But I left the play not entirely sure about what all it was meant to add up to. Part of the problem is that the characters are almost uniformly unlikeable…On the plus side, the production boasts a talented cast, delivering performances that are well worth catching.” Full Review

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78
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90
Intimate staging with fine acting, Funny, clever and ambitious

See it if you like British plays like "Abigail's Party"

Don't see it if you don't want to have to think a little and just want to be purely entertained

74
During previews
Ambitious, Clever

See it if Live goes on as a global disaster occurred might be the play's theme ? The cast makes the characters interesting despite a rather odd dinner

Don't see it if A couple invites over some odd friends and family. Everyone comes with their own personal luggage while drifting in & out of the kitchen.

69
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You really enjoy slow roll plays that meander along, at times frenetically and at times inexhaustibly slowly

Don't see it if You don't like plays that don't REALLY go anywhere. While some characters have interesting arcs, most don't change from beginning to end.

Also This show was at times very smart and funny. The humor was overshadowe... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like naturalistic slice-of-life comedies with dramatic underpinnings performed expertly by a finely tuned ensemble. Intimate theatre!

Don't see it if you like broad and fast comedy. This thoughtful show unspools at its own pace and relies on your own perceptions to parcel its subtleties.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Ehh, Unoriginal

See it if You like ensemble casts and like similar shows with dinner parties and unexpected occurrences

Don't see it if You want something more subtle and well written. The playwright screams his political thoughts through a drunken character close to the end

Also I normally would be interested in a play that puts the wealthy in thei... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Resonant, Indulgent, Banal, Slow, Well acted

See it if Spiffy set & top notch performances helps ease the unpleasant entitlement of well-off Brits behaving badly Author Betts never finds his tone

Don't see it if Unsure of being a dark satire or just condemning, drama misses its targets Lacking the acidity of Leigh or morality of Hare it sits in limbo

68
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Disfunctional types behaving badly; meant to be satirically amusing but irritating and boring to me.

See it if You automatically like anything done with English accents and would enjoy the subtle ridicule of characters you can feel superior to.

Don't see it if Like me, you find screwed up self involved people at their worst NOT satirically amusing but an irritating bore.

93
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You agree that people get wrapped up in their own world and fail to connect with the rest of the humanity. We know this, but it's a reminder

Don't see it if You think that you already care enough about what's going on in the world or if you're not up for a drama with moments of comedy interlaced.

80
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Engaging

See it if you enjoy stories about dysfunctional relationships of all kinds: marital, familial, or with friends. Read the English to US vocabulary.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with unusual, unhappy or difficult relationship portrayals.

70
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Intense at times, Mostly bland, Feel-bad party

See it if you like to eavesdrop on British conversations in vignettes- among troubled adults in a private party in a nicely put on stage apt. kitchen.

Don't see it if you want a feel good experience. This is like coming to a party you want to get out of asap - as the company is more pressure than pleasure.

78
During previews
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You want to listen closely to hear many divergent ideas

Don't see it if You are seeking light entertainment and find English accents difficult

73
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Edgy, Quirky, Great staging

See it if for contrasting characters, their views and social deterioration as the evening wears on

Don't see it if you'd like more depth; it covers the superficial layer of the arguments; depending on seat location, dialogues are difficult to hear

69
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like small British plays with a story that goes no where.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show with activity and action. This show was mostly talking. Characters were forgetful, although acting was good.

75
During previews
Funny, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy lightly cringey British comedy (a la Channel Four's "Friday Night Dinner")

Don't see it if You want something that moves at a clip. You dislike empty stage time or slightly unnecessary transitions.

85
During previews
Well-directed, Solid performances, Well-written serio-comedy, Excellent set (for small stage), Intelligent & entertaining

See it if you find black comedy and/or British humor entertaining. Really well done, w/strong connected actors. Great set w/working sink and stove.

Don't see it if you're not cool w/poking fun at serious subject-matter. Bit slow at first but then grows continuously humorous AND serious at the same time.

Also Both Richard Hollis (Simon) and Colleen Clinton (Jess) SLAY.... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like character driven play w/decent ensemble, some funny exchanges, some quirky characters, slow start, 2nd half better

Don't see it if You get bored with a lot of dialogue and little action, characters and their dysfunctional lives not terribly interesting

68
During previews
Excellent performances, It's like spending time with people you can't stand, At least a half-hour too long, Overall not a satisfying experience

See it if You love English drama and enjoy seeing dysfunctional relationships.

Don't see it if You lose patience when characters blather on.

85
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if the "funniest most awkward dinner party ever" intrigues you. Great comedic acting. Great ensemble piece.

Don't see it if strange stagings is not your thing. It's quite funky, with two "center" rows and large side sections. That was my only dislike of the show

Also There was a cast talkback after the show (11/12) which gave us more in... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to be at that weird party with strange guests. Well acted.

Don't see it if You want more than a slice of life show. No epiphanies here.

87
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Humorous, Great staging

See it if You're looking for a candid look at contemporary life with slightly larger-than-life characters

Don't see it if You don't like actors speaking with accents

87
During previews
Quirky, Great writing, Kitchen sink dramedy, Lovechild of ayckbourn & leigh, White people's problems

See it if well acted/designed/directed dramedy of BritManners that literally uses functioning kitchen sink & stove & middle class characters pleases u

Don't see it if small, ensemble, Brit accent, confined space, show with running water, flawed characters, onstage omelette making are not in your wheelhouse

78
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy British drama about contemporary people and problems; you prefer dialogue to action; you don't mind the mash-up of faux accents

Don't see it if you want something with action that doesn't remind you of every boring dinner party you may have attended.

Also In spite of the problems of accents and likability of the characters, ... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You are interested in how bourgie Brits are like Bourgie Americans and how they differ from us. Amusingly exaggerated irritating characters.

Don't see it if You want to like the characters onstage. These people are tiresome.

Also It was only the first preview. I had a couple laughs but my mind wande... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Alan Ayckbourn and/or Mike Leigh. You like slice of life dramas. It’squite realistic, literally a British kitchen sink play

Don't see it if You can’t deal with heavy British accents. You are looking for something unusual or unbelievable. Realism is a theme throughout.

75
During previews
Well acted, Engaging, Character-driven, As sleek as the kitchen it's set in, Not much depth

See it if you'd like a talky upper-MC British Friends. Quirky characters are broadly-drawn/deeply-flawed. Contrast of 1st world probs/Haiti disaster.

Don't see it if you want real depth; MH is a dramedy, w/soap opera twists. Many clunky plot devices (overhearing). Still I admired the acting/direction.

Also In the background of the play is the idea that: the problems of three ... Read more Read less