DEAR LUPIN (play)
Ends 19th September 2015.
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AGED UNDER 12 OR THE EASILY OFFENDED.
Over 25 years, Roger Mortimer wrote letters of advice to his growing son
Charlie. This is the result.
Michael Simkins adapts the letters for the stage, Philip Franks directs, James
and Jack Fox star.
Not available. Professional reviewers seem unanimous (as the monkey reads it)
in staying firmly "on the fence" about the whole thing. The first half in
particular is drubbed for being droll when it should sparkle with wit. The
second seems to rescue things, with a tougher discussion about contemporary
issues like HIV, and the recognition of aging. Fox Senior gets the better
notices for his performance - Junior being declared a little inexperienced for
Director Franks is considered to have produced a caring production,
but rather constrained by the demands of a "two-hander" where the playing of
other parts affects the texture of the central relationship.
adaptation of the book, enough emotion to affect those with an interest in
father / son interaction, and a satisfactory ending seems to be the verdict.
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