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. More…
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.
See it if for its fantastic acting ensemble and intelligent writing and direction.
Don't see it if you're looking for a play with dramatic narrative.
See it if you enjoy an in depth character study of some flawed people. You won't like them, but they are complex & interesting in their selfishness.
Don't see it if you want a play with likable characters.
See it if you haven't seen or know enough self-absorbed people who are so obsessed with their own navels they don't see the world around them.
Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh and new or something that will justify the time you spend in the theatre.
See it if You like awkward dinner party plays. I do. Narcissistic characters but fun to watch. Jess had acting chops and good kitchen skills.
Don't see it if You have no patience for characters behaving badly or professor types overacting. I liked the set but my husband was thrown seeing backstage
See it if Flawless characterizations, performances. Crackling dialogue, Intelligent, stinging, adult drama, and surprisingly funny. The real thing.
Don't see it if You want sitcom humor, nudity, foul language or violence. This is engaging, uncomfortable interaction, and the talent to cut deep.
See it if You like contemporary comedy/drama ala the Mike Leigh school of drama.
Don't see it if You need to see strikingly original theater, or don't want to be right in the actors' faces.
See it if you enjoy good, detailed performances and direction.
Don't see it if you are not interested in slow, repetitious scenes in the lives of some selfish, unlikeable characters.
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
See it if You like good dialogue.,You like to see the excellent acting of Colleen Clinton as the main character Jess,.You like food double dipping.
Don't see it if You don't like a character (Annie) that looks older than her role in the play. You don't like a character (Tony) that is not believable.
See it if Great staging and direction, fantastic acting.
Don't see it if You have a hard time with British accents don't love feeling like a fly on the wall of someone's dinner party
See it if You enjoy plays full of witty banter, interruptions, and conversations with accidental ease dropping.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy theatre that makes you consider your own life problems and how they are relative to the rest of the world’s.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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''ll enjoy a show with a good script, especially intelligent, believable dialogue, which is,for the most part, very well acted.
Don't see it if you dislike "talky" plays and/or plays about disfunctional people, marital/relationship discord.