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Sweet Bird of Youth
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Sweet Bird of Youth

Opens: 01/06/2013 Closes: 31/08/2013 The Old Vic, London
She did a fine job playing Cleopatra in 2010, now actress Kim Cattrall takes on a characteristically booze-soaked Tennessee Williams heroine. Faded screen siren, Alexandra Del Lago escapes Hollywood with chancer and gigolo Chance Wayne. Back in Chance's hometown to reclaim the wealthy sweetheart he was not allowed to marry, their use for each other becomes strained. For more information visit: http://www.oldvictheatre.com/sweet-bird-of-youth/ Buy: http://bookings.oldvictheatre.com/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=15796
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Financial Times“Paper-thin characters and implausible dialogue...” There’s waspish humour here, but in essence this is a portrait of two lonely desperadoes, both on the wrong side of youth, beauty, fame and respectability. In both, we see painful traces of the playwright himself...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“Seth Numrich, who goes through the motions but acts like a door post...” What's missing is the core Williams poetry of a clapped out diva expressing the downside of Chance's baseless ambition, the poignancy of failure and sadness of sexual promiscuity...
 
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The Stage“Her breathy, husky performance is in one emotional register throughout...” Marianne Elliott’s production suffers from a grinding earnestness, but the sumptuous sets of Rae Smith, beautifully lit by Bruno Poet, anchor both time and place stunningly...
 
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The Telegraph“Boy does it pack a punch...” Human castration, venereal disease, drug abuse and humdinger hangovers are among the ingredients here and there isn’t a moment when either the play or the production pulls its punches...
 
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The Independent“Strongly recommended...” Cattrall's Del Lago oscillates superbly between hard-bitten, grande dame put-downs, hyper-ventilating panic and a certain tender fellow-feeling for this twenty-nine year old failure...
 
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Evening Standard“A long journey to reach a pretty obvious destination... ” The play has been edited by James Graham, who could have trimmed more from Williams’s densely symbolic text. It starts out as a two-hander involving Cattrall and Numrich, and this isn’t ideal, as there isn’t enough chemistry between them...
 
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Time Out“It’s all pretty bombastic, but entertainingly so...” It’s a great performance and Chance is the play’s one great character. His chemistry with Cattrall is odd, however – in her first scene she couldn’t be any more preposterous, a barely functional, sub-‘Ab Fab’ wreck; sparks do not fly...
 
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Guardian“The plot defies belief...” Marianne Elliott's production is first-rate. The cast, led by Kim Cattrall, is as good as any you'll find in a national company. Yet nothing can persuade me that the play is anything more than overheated melodrama...
 
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