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On An Average Day [Sep. 8th, 2002|11:05 pm]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]
[music |Symphony Number 3 - Copland]

It's been over a week since I saw this, so I thought I best write a review while I can still remember most of it.

Last Saturday morning, as I munched my brunch and pondered the afternoon, the ever keen Alex persuaded me that we ought to go watch a matinee. 10 minutes on Ticket Master (does seem to be the best of the ticket sites I've used over the summer) and we had opted for "On An Average Day", showing at the Comedy Theatre.

The play stars Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan, and has just the one set. It takes place in Bobby's kitchen, and the play is about the return of his brother Jack, who's been away 23 years.

It begins with Bobby pottering around his kitchen, when Jack arrives with a paper bag. In the first few minutes, you find out how long he's been away. It isn't until much later that you find out all about how and why he left, and the whole picture isn't with you until right at the end.

The play never stays in one place for it's entire run. With one character (Bobby) suffering from most psychological disorders in the book, and Jack showing the odd signs of some of them, the dialogue is all over the place. Half the time you don't understand one sentence until another a few down the line ties back to it. Still, while you have to give it a lot of attention, it really is worth it. The actors are superb, they hold your attention all the time. It can't be easy roles to play, but they do so almost effortlessly.

Throw in the killer fridge (makes student ones look positively tame...), a temperamental shower, lots of beer (20 miles to the nearest bar), and a interval cliffhanger when the paper bag is opened, and you have a truly excellent play.

Another one I'd advocate watching, but make sure you're awake if you go, it really does need all your attention.