Stockard Channing leads in this revival of Marsha Norman’s mother-daughter drama.
Thelma Cates, who shares the old family home with her daughter Jessie, is rattled when Jessie drops an earth-shattering revelation. As this may be the last night they spend together, and the two have much to discuss.
Starring multi Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing ('Grease', 'The West Wing') and Rebecca Night ('Fanny Hill', 'Wuthering Heights').
The show is efficiently staged by Roxana Silbert. Designer Ti Green aptly gives us a realistic 80s parlour. Rebecca Night is impressive. And Stockard Channing is here in London ... for some of us, that’s almost worth the price of admission alone.
I just wish I could be more enthusiastic about the show. It’s admirable that Channing traversed the Atlantic to star in a play that’s hardly awards-bait. It’s an almighty subject. But the treatment here is numbing, verging on dull.
Stockard Channing ... gives a charismatic performance [but] her emotional range is hemmed in by the sedate, discursive tone of the production. Powerful moments arise but the play does not have the devastating effect it should.
Roxana Silbert’s production has the allure of a contained and bewildered Stockard Channing and Rebecca Night, resolute and bleak as the daughter. The price of [the piece's] explicitness is a sluggish pace.