|OWNERS – LONDON NOVEMBER 2005
“thoroughly enjoyable production of a character-rich play” Camden New Journal
Miles Maynard – Camden New Journal
“Churchill’s landlady deserves full house”
Caryl Churchill’s black comedy involves a diverse group of characters all inextricably linked through property and love. The characters resort to extreme measures to get what they think they want in life producing moments of real wit despite their appalling circumstances.
The colourfully portrayed Lisa is an unhappy tenant at the mercy of owner Marion. Her other half, Alex, is in control through his indifference to Marion, who is trying to bribe them to move out. Struggling butcher Clegg can’t share his wife Marion’s success and talks of killing her as he sees his business aspirations fall apart.
Suicidal Worsley is besotted by Marion, for whom he’ll do anything, in between attempts at self-annihilation. Kristen Kerwin is very amusing as she wrings every drop from her role as Lisa. Richard Stone as Clegg presents a character whose edgy nature slips entertaining from furious outburst to philosophical musing. There is a strong performance also from Kim Sanger White as his wife a masculine presence who revels in wearing the family trousers.
The direction gives the play fluidity throughout, except on a couple of occasions when it was impossible to tell whether certain characters onstage were supposed to be privy to certain conversations.
This is a basic but thoroughly enjoyable production of a character-rich play, one that deserves a full house.”