"It examines with intelligence and sensitivity, but few emotional fireworks, the ramifications of the once scandalous idea of open marriage...The script's appealing promise dissipates into talky artificiality, largely, I believe, because of its otherwise capable actors being out of their depth; instead of true Malleson we get faux-Coward. Malleson's play should only receive another staging if it can find a cast...that can carry off its English savoir-faire and, most particularly, its accents." Full Review
"One problem is that the play (unlike Noel Coward's 'Design for Living' or Somerset Maugham's 'The Constant Wife' which cover similar territory) is neither witty not clever, and none of the lines are particularly sparkling or original. While the play may delineate liberated sexual behavior, its drawing room comedy format is too conventional and refined. All five performers always seem to be acting as their style is too arch to be truly believable." Full Review
"Max von Essen and Elisabeth Gray do an admirable job portraying the seesaw emotions of the convention-bending pair, but Malleson's uneven script makes us wait until the final act for a dramatic payoff...The earnest plot, unfortunately, begs for a more comedic treatment. Director Jonathan Bank squeezes in a few chuckles now and then, but this is far from the smart comedy it could have been...Still, 'Yours Unfaithfully' offers keen insights into the destructiveness of jealousy." Full Review
"Malleson’s bio suggests a life story considerably more colorful than the tidy marital drama that unfolds onstage...The script offers a scrupulous examination of two warring impulses: the urge to explore versus the instinct to nurture and protect. Happily, we’re spared the wink-wink prompts of farce, though Malleson does allude to an extremely vulgar adage of the day, sanitized here as 'Fresh kiss, fresh courage.' If only he had applied that tenet to his rather dry disquisition." Full Review
“A mildly diverting play…The first act drags on with verbose dialogue that attempts to be be witty…The mannered performances seem overly stiff and unnatural…The Third Act takes place in a room, out of town…Mr. von Essen and Ms. Gray have been transformed…The performance style is more relaxed and organic...Gone is the overly arch, clipped stiffness of the earlier scenes. These two are now fully formed creatures, with a newly seen gravitas that was sorely lacking earlier in the evening.” Full Review
See it if you've always wished you could be transported back to the 1930s and see the premiere of a somewhat Cowardesque comedy w/o British accents.
Don't see it if George Bernard Shaw's oh-so-modern exchange of ideas about the sexes makes you yawn because in a way this is just second-rate Shaw.
See it if you are interested in the concept of open marriage. Not terrible but not compelling either.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the relationships of the English upper middle class.
See it if You enjoy a play that explores the idea of an open relarionship with a bit of a dated atmosphere
Don't see it if You dont like long 2 shows because this one actually has 2 intermissions and was a little too boring and slow
See it if Written in 1933, but never produced. Now we know why. Two and a half hours of explanations of why a husband and wife might want to cheat.
Don't see it if Thank goodness Max von Essen was on the stage. He supplied needed spark.
See it if you're fascinated by 20th c plays as time capsules. W/ its discussion of open marriage, YU was ahead of its time, hence it was unperformed.
Don't see it if plays that are talk-talk-talk annoy you. I didn't find the acting convincing. These are snazzy Brits (lots of cricket talk) but no accents.
See it if you really like dated plays that seem to go nowhere, The time period(1933) makes it a little more interesting.
Don't see it if a one-liner with two intermissions is a little too much for you
Also The characters are not very interesting and their problem is overdone
See it if you want to see a mediocre production of a fascinating play from the 1930s, parts of which feel like they could have been written today.
Don't see it if you're sick of seeing uninspired direction.
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