Funny, I was just reminiscing about the play Songs For Nobodies and how great the writing of Joanna Murray-Smith was but actually the first things I saw by Smith was this play, Switzerland. I didn’t like it. And it was the writing that really let it down for me. The acting was superb – two players against one another for the duration of the performance. But something was missing. That was in the script. I can’t really explain beyond that. That was the missing component.
If you click that link you can read the harshest theatre review I’ve written in some time, certainly the most savage about a show at Circa Theatre; I’m usually so impressed with what they do (and this was still good – as I say the acting was very good!) But yeah, the writing was lazy – and weird.
Fittingly then, I ended my review in much the same way:
The writing is not up to enough here. […] I couldn’t get excited at all about this play in the end. Despite high hopes. So this is all the review I can muster. I recognise it’s not up to much either Perhaps that’s fitting in the end.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.