by Jordan Hall
dir Jimmy Walters
with Kristin Atherton, Ben Lamb, Noel Sullivan, Christine Gomes
Finborough Theatre, London • 28.Sep-25.Oct.21
The story centres on Jen (Atherton), a magazine editor who doesn't mind supporting her videogame designer husband Tim (Sullivan), who's out of work at the moment. Then Jen's handsome, flirtatious boss Bruce (Lamb) puts a question in her mind, suggesting that the magazine's faltering finances mean that it should be relaunched for urban survivors. And that survival means that Jen should ditch Tim. As these thoughts churn in her mind, they also infect Tim, who begins designing a survivalist game. And to get Bruce out of her mind, Jen sets him up with her recently single friend Abby (Gomes). When both couples head off on a camping trip, their spiralling thoughts are bound to create fireworks.
|Atherton and Sullivan|
Atherton is magnetic as Jen, who takes to heart the idea of locally sourced food, stocking up for emergencies and pondering her future. She begins to question her choices, longing for the life she imagined for herself as a teen. Which is of course a dangerous path to go down, especially when she's being encouraged by Lamb's superbly charismatic Bruce. He brings out Bruce's intelligence with chilling effect. Sullivan is also terrific as the fragile Tim, whose self-confidence has taken a heavy hit. And Gomes adds contrasting textures as the ever-hopeful Abby.
|Gomes and Lamb|
|Lamb and Atherton|