The Woods London Reviews and Tickets

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Slow, Dated

David Mamet's 'battle of the sexes' play returns to the UK stage after 21 years.

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Slow, Dated

See it if …you’re curious to explore an early Mamet play

Don't see it if The sexual politics are dated and awkward. The oar is a clunky Chekov’s gun. Slow-paced, unlikeable characters

Critic Reviews (6)

The Guardian (UK)
March 1st, 2022

David Mamet’s odd if intriguing two-hander from 1977 is probably one of his lesser-known plays for good reason...but Russell Bolam’s revival offers a meditation on how far sexual politics have progressed.
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The Times (UK)
March 2nd, 2022

Two tiresome and immature people go round in circles for 90 minutes. That, in a nutshell, is the plot of this early David Mamet play...Russell Bolam’s charmless production fails to make the case for digging it out of the bottom drawer.
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March 2nd, 2022

But it's hard not to feel that all their care and attention would have been better lavished on a more insightful play that had rather more to say about the relationships between men and women than this stale and dated chamber piece.
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London Theatre
March 3rd, 2022

But the 75 minutes or so to that point make for a real slog, and Francesca Carpanini, the gifted American actress here marking her London debut, deserves better next time round.
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The Stage (UK)
March 8th, 2022

David Mamet’s little-performed 1977 duologue, The Woods, returns to London 21 years after it first premiered, in Russell Bolam’s confident production that never manages to escape the fundamental limitations of its text.
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The Arts Desk
March 8th, 2022

No such entertaining unpredictability is on show here; despite serving up an efficient and sincere production, cast and crew cannot clear a persuasive thicket through The Woods.
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