The Fever Syndrome (London)
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The Fever Syndrome (London)
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The Fever Syndrome (London) London Reviews and Tickets

54%
(4 Ratings)
Positive
25%
Mixed
50%
Negative
25%
Members say
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing

Alexis Zegerman’s new play charting the dynamics of a gifted yet dysfunctional family.

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176 Reviews | 11 Followers
50
Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if Robert Lindsay was good, as were the other actors, but they had little to work with

Don't see it if This felt like a painting by numbers sort of play which didn't go far.

19 Reviews | 0 Followers
79
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if What is life? This play will make you think! The cast is great and each family member had a chance to express themselves through the story.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of science or looking for a comedy

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
50
Witty, Great acting, Over stuffed, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you like (at times) witty family dramas and a great set

Don't see it if you get frustrated with plays that are overstuffed with themes and ideas and don't properly delve into anything raised.

1 Review | 0 Followers
20
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if You are happy to watch a totally banal , laborious drama, with poor acting ( with the exception of Robert Lindsay) , not even half baked !

Don't see it if If you want drama, intrigue, good acting , discussion provoking theatre ! This seemed totally outdated , touched everything said nothing !

Critic Reviews (9)

The London Evening Standard
April 5th, 2022

It’s hard to fault [Roxana] Silbert’s direction or the cast’s performances as they negotiate the confected philosophical debates and engineered flashpoints of Zegerman’s script. There’s much to enjoy here, as long as you don’t mind being taken for a ride.
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The Guardian (UK)
April 6th, 2022

Even though the production feels too long, at well over two hours, with rambling dialogue, not enough action or big enough conflict, there is ambition in the writing that must be admired.
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 5th, 2022

It’s all hermetically contained, the fundamental question, “Why should we care?”, never adequately answered...There’s committed and commendable work from the actors, though.
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The Times (UK)
April 5th, 2022

The performances are sharp and assured — let’s face it, any play with Robert Lindsay at its centre has a head start over the competition...Yet the script keeps wandering off in too many directions. Zegerman has a habit, too, of waving her research in our faces.
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London Theatre
April 6th, 2022

From a raspy, outspoken paterfamilias riddled with Parkinson’s (Robert Lindsay, in superb form) on down through the generations, Alexis Zegerman’s play offers an assemblage in feverish thrall to bitterness, frustration, and – in one especially telling case – unreciprocated passion.
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The Stage (UK)
April 5th, 2022

The story, from playwright and actor Alexis Zegerman, introduces plenty of big ideas to the febrile if familiar set-up...But the script feels slowly paced and shapeless, lacking a clear dramatic thrust.
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WhatsOnStage
April 5th, 2022

Although long, at two hours and 40 minutes, the play rarely sags, largely because it sustains a gripping feeling of impending crisis...as a portrait of blended family dysfunction it is highly enjoyable, while also raising provocative questions about the limits of science.
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The Independent (UK)
April 5th, 2022

If it all sounds confusing, that’s because it is. Thankfully, Lindsay is a more than capable anchor. From him, director Roxana Silbert cajoles a performance of unexpected fragility, pathos puncturing the fearsome gravitas.
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