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“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
“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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
See it if You love English drama and enjoy seeing dysfunctional relationships.
Don't see it if You lose patience when characters blather on.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.