David Mamet's 'battle of the sexes' play returns to the UK stage after 21 years.
Ruth and Nick decide to escape their busy city lives and head to a cabin in the woods. However, their holiday descends into an evening of heated arguments, pushing their relationship to the brink. As the night pushes on, it is clear that they need one another, but will their fiery tempers get in the way of reconciliation?
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.
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.
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.
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.