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Sunday 31 October 2010

The Country by Martin Crimp Arcola Theatre - Highly Recommended

It is evening. A middle class couple a
re talking, while the children are sleeping upstairs. The dialogue is trivial in content, tense in tone. Soon they'll be having what the husband calls a "domestic" (Oxford English Dictionary: <British informal> a violent quarrel between family members, especially husband and wife). The presence of another person will throw oil on the fire.

Martin Crimp has written a tense absorbing thriller. The rhythm of the dialogue, excellent acting (and strong direction make this a great evening at the theatre. 

The Arcola has a young and enthusiastic audience, whose emotional absorption in the play in taking sides in the argument between the protagonists. Being part of such an audience only adds to the thrill and enjoyment.

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