See it if you like absurdist plays and/or you're willing to get thrown into a play that could be or mean anything and leave it to yo to figure it out.
Don't see it if you don't like absurdist plays and/or expect every aspect of the play to make sense. Read more
See it if you adore madcap performances
Don't see it if you're not a fan of bizarre, farcical humour
...‘The Chairs’ is funny, weird and wilfully awkward, and I think a director is left with the choice of treating it like a ‘50s museum piece, or updating frantically. And whether or not you think he made the right choice, any opportunity to see [Kathryn] Hunter do her thing is always a treat.
Kathryn Hunter’s performance is the main draw in this rare and laborious revival of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist 1952 play...this knowing, apocalyptic slapstick raises titters rather than belly laughs.
This may be the perfect time to revive a play about the consolations of the imagination, and of theatre, in the aftermath of apocalypse – and one written by the godfather of the absurd...It’s still a hugely exciting revival, exciting to watch, with two spine-shiveringly good central performances.
"It's a very odd script," says Kathryn Hunter's Old Woman, voice full of wonder. It is indeed – but very funny and thought-provoking too...Within this frame, [Marcello] Magni and Hunter weave pure magic.
Nevertheless, this really is a fantastically funny, bravura night out, with a double act in Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni that reminds me of another great pairing of theatrical old hands, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, in this play’s close relation, Beckett's Waiting for Godot. They’re that good.