See it if you want to hear Radiohead's "How to Disappear Completely" in full, which was honestly the highlight of the show.
Don't see it if you want to see direction or staging that do any credit to the incredible acting abilities of Ruth Wilson. Read more
See it if you're willing to sit through a mediocre play just to see Ruth Wilson on stage.
Don't see it if you like the plot to move faster than at snail pace (or in fact have a plot more complex than a woman crying over a man). Read more
See it if You enjoy watching a world class actor being betrayed by terrible creative choices from the team.
Don't see it if For any of the following reasons: You understand what an important play this is; You value your sanity; You want to bankrupt the producer
See it if You want to see and experience an excellent actress in a one-woman show
Don't see it if You tend to identify with the character, because the experience is frustrating and depressing. The ending was also predictable for me.
See it if You like Ruth Wilson, or one person shows. Also see if you like totally strange and different productions.
Don't see it if You bore easily,
See it if You want to see Ruth Wilson, don’t mind listening to her through a glass wall so there is always a feeling of echo
Don't see it if You don’t like repetition, annoying telephone noises. If you recently broke up!
See it if you enjoy Ruth Wilson's acting (which is superb here).
Don't see it if you don't enjoy narratives about women who define themselves by their men.
See it if You’re interested in the work of Jean Cocteau or like one-act plays
Don't see it if You’re looking for a fun and light hearted night at the theatre
Not even Ruth Wilson’s limpid talent can breathe life into this dated, 70-minute solo show, in which a woman goes to pieces discussing the end of an affair with her unheard lover over the phone.
Ruth Wilson, as a spurned lover dressed in tracksuit bottoms and a Tweety Pie top, variously underplays and over-eggs her character’s suffering...And for all its theatricality, the play remains stolidly sedate; a 65-minute monologue that creeps to its end.
Ruth Wilson is on stage for all of 70 minutes, chatting ever more frantically down a phone line. Fine actress though she is, she can’t salvage a piece that — written nearly a century ago — remains an exercise in stagecraft rather than a compelling dark night of the soul.
[Ruth Wilson] is an eminently watchable performer, shifting from feigned resilience to distress, conveying the intensity of feeling...But, good as she is, she feels constrained by this production.
Van Hove’s production is, as you would expect, perfect in tone and texture...Yes, this overwhelmingly moving performance is a great 70 minutes of theatre — believe the hype.
What, you can’t help but wonder about half way through what is an extremely slow 70 minutes, made Ruth Wilson agree to star in this oddly unpleasant revival of a 1930 Jean Cocteau monodrama?
Ivo van Hove's adaptation of Jean Cocteau's 1930 play is a piece that gives about as much as you're ready to put into it. Is it all a fantasy?...Does it matter either way?
Ivo van Hove directs the two-time Olivier-winning actress in this heartwrenching monodrama, and Wilson’s captivating performance soars in a relevant isolation monologue.