The Manhattan Theatre Club is introducing playwright Lucy Kirkwood to our shores in a transfer of the successful British production of her play The Children in their Broadway space The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. This is one of those reviews I hate to write.
The performers Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay are terrific. The directions and design are noteworthy. It is clear that playwright Lucy Kirkwood has a great ear for dialogue and a skill at building memorable characters.
Unfortunately I did not like the play itself. The script seemed disjointed, did not reflect the urgency of the premise, and made less than believable leaps and connections. Ms. Kirkwood is a rising talent in the theater and I am an old amateur hack, but try as I might I never felt comfortable with the shape of her script. I look forward to a future efforts and would be very interested to hear other’s opinions once you have seen the production.
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