We round up the reviews for this revival of Lucy Prebble’s debut play now playing at the Orange Tree Theatre.
The Stage: *** “The play is an interesting mix, intimate in some ways, but impressive in its complexity and reach, presaging Prebble’s later work. For all the slightly forced revelations and expositions, Prebble throws in some wonderful lines and exchanges of unexpected dialogue.”
The Guardian: *** “For the main, The Sugar Syndrome feels less like a play about connections in virtual life and more about misconnections in real life.”
The Upcoming: *** “If the Orange Tree production is valuable for any one thing, it is for giving Rhodes her professional debut. She projects a teenager’s shaky confidence and worldliness, making you feel like Dani is in control of Tim, while constantly showing how susceptible she is to his inappropriate manipulation. The Sugar Syndrome was the first step in an illustrious stage career for Prebble. Hopefully the same will be said for Rhodes.”
The Arts Desk: **** “In a production which respects the difficult pauses of the text, as well as its moments of full-on comedy, Jessica Rhodes is wonderful in her stage debut, bringing out Dani’s sulky petulance and juvenile gestures as well as her cheekiness, perceptiveness and capacity for empathy.”
WhatsOnStage: *** “For all its youthful flaws, it’s a play that flickers with exhilarating energy, well worth this revival and full of indications about Prebble’s consistently challenging career to come.”
Evening Standard: *** “The production picks up impetus in the second half, largely thanks to Rhodes’s firecracker performance.”
Broadway World: **** ” the internet is a very small part of this play; with some standout performances, it is a striking and difficult exploration of loneliness, self-doubt and the darkness of humanity.”
The Reviews Hub: **** “Toeman’s revival never loosens its powerful grip and, quite deliberately, leaves a sour taste in the mouth.”
There Ought to be Clowns: “Oscar Toeman’s production navigates this tangled web well, particularly through John Hollingworth’s nuanced work as Tim – reserved but quietly funny, you can see something of the appeal for Dani.”
The Sugar Syndrome continues to play at the Orange Tree Theatre until the 22nd February.