Review by CORINNA SCOTTJune 24, 2018
What I liked
I liked the pacing of this comedy, it was a fast paced comedy with lots of clever British humor. The character development was on point as some of the characters bond with one another, but the bond shifts more and more as the truth about who everyone really is comes out. I liked the acting and for the duration of the play I got so involved with the action and dialogue that I forgot myself and focused on the story. I liked that the set was minimalist, yet versatile with lots of Pink Panther moments with the red squirrel man that some of the characters interacted with. I liked also the soundtrack used during the red squirrel dancing and the sound effects used throughout the play. I liked the nod to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but maybe I am seeing something that isn’t there. I definitely got the Shakespeare vibe from watching the play.
What I didn't like
Overall I don’t see much of a need for improvement except for the fact that I was confused over the two story converted cow shed and where the bedroom was.At one point Charlotte goes upstairs for the night, then in the morning she appears downstairs in her pajamas. The suitcase props were mentioned as too much by the characters, but I felt that they weren’t big enough. Also spoiler alert: there is partial nudity and homosexuality in the play and I write this to anyone who finds that shocking.
My overall impression
The play opens with a man in a red squirrel costume dancing and taking selfies with the audience members. A couple travels to the countryside and already they are off to a rough start as they navigate through the forest to try and find their lodging on a farm. The couple Charlotte (Wendy Bain) and Duncan (Nick Hardcastle) are arguing about everything. They meet one of the owners of the farm, a woman named Lesley (Lisa Gorgin) who is trying to turn the property into holiday homes, claims to recognize Charlotte from some where. Gethin (Craig Robert Young) does not want his farm turned into holiday homes. Duncan is trying to film and protect the red squirrels, while Charlotte is trying to keep an eye on her husband as he has been unfaithful in the past and is recovering from catching a burglar inside their home a short while ago.