Confusions (Birmingham Mail)
A handful of life’s
members each play a variety of roles in presenting five Ayckbourn playlets that
highlight various life’s absurdities, and they do it splendidly.
My only regret
comes with between mouthfuls. This habitually works best when the waiter
flitting between the two tables, is used very strictly as the means by which we
are enabled to hear what the diners are saying.
When he is
alongside, we can hear them. When he moves away, they only mouth their animated
Smith’s production by no means sticks to this convention. It would also help if
the waiter’s table were moved upstage and the other two tables came closer
together, so the waiter’s travelling time was decreased.
But, as with
the other four offerings, the players acquit themselves with distinction.
pieces are Mother Figure, with Pauline O’Connor treating her neighbours (Katie
Edwards and David Owen) like naughty children, and Gosforth’s Fete, which
features larger than life characters in al sorts of trouble with the sound
system and the electrics.
It’s a shame
that this happy production was allotted only a five night run, but it was and
it ends on Saturday.