Friday, February 12, 2010

The story seems unpromising: A philosophy professor at an American college returns for a visit to his working class London family, to introduce his wife to his father, uncle and two brothers.

This simple premise becomes incendiary theatre, though with few obvious fireworks. By means of apparently ordinary if slightly odd conversation, the play gradually reveals multiple deceptions and self-deceptions beneath the prosaic surface, suggesting in several ways a hidden underworld.

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