Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Claire van Kampen’s production of Sharr White’s psychological thriller.
The Guardian: *** ” Karen Archer gives a fine performance that convinces you of Juliana’s intellectual prowess while also showing her rage, perplexity and confusion at a world that no longer makes sense to her.”
Evening Standard: *** ” while White is astute about the slippery nature of recollection, as well as the sheer ordeal of consciousness, his crafty storytelling sometimes feels too contrived.”
London Theatre1: **** “A brief but intense show, and a formidable and absorbing production.”
The Stage: *** “Though the play contains some excellent moments – the sassy doctor played by Eliza Collings is particularly satisfying – the direction is overly cautious, the writing is sometimes timid, and at just 80 minutes, there isn’t enough time to really get to know the characters.”
The Reviews Hub: *** 1/2 ” Claire van Kempen’s uncluttered production gives it clarity and the production as a whole offers a fascinating perspective on an all-too-common human condition.”
The Upcoming: **** “With intense performances by Archer and McCaul, alongside a worthy multi-character portrayal by Collings, The Other Place is a complex and timely piece about the effects of dementia, on both the sufferer and their families.”
WhatsOnStage: *** “An opportunity missed for a well-wrought production that has a large amount going for it.”
Time Out: *** “Despite Archer’s skill, though, and despite strong supporting performances from Neil McCaul, Eliza Collings and Rupinder Nagra, there’s something sterile here. Van Kampen’s staging unfolds swiftly and slickly – perhaps too slickly – on Jonathan Fensom’s featureless, wooden set, but it can’t mask the play’s frailties and flaws, its surgical structure and uneven tone.”
The Other Place continues to play at the Park Theatre until the 20th October. For more information visit: https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-other-place.