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A Woman of No Importance…Or Somewhat Little Importance Anyhow

Published Monday 11 February 2013 at 11:18 by Honour Bayes

Inspired by the cut glass wit of Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward, this play is a modern comedy of manners. Rodden is Lauren, a ‘resting’ actress, with nothing but her Coward plays and bottles of cheap plonk for company, which - apart from the work situation - is just how she likes it. But soon she is swamped by her feuding adolescent parents and a war of fruity vowels begins.

Highly crafted and with plenty of lovingly researched detail, Katherine Rodden’s play is an enjoyable, contemporary nod to a bygone era. However, there are times when it enters sitcom territory as subtext becomes text and too much is revealed. Coward would have undoubtedly found this vulgar and a good deal - including an under-baked subplot involving two suitors - could be shaved off.

But the actors clearly relish all the horsing around and the energy on stage is high. Rodden does a neat line in self-obsessed actresses, while Alan Booty as her philandering father is reminiscent of Stephen Fry. When he and his wife - Rachel Dobell - reconcile they do so without bells and whistles, cutting through the froth to provide a flicker of genuine feeling.

Production information

Hen and Chickens Theatre, London, February 5-23

Author:
Katherine Rodden
Director:
Cat Robey
Producer:
Paradigm Theatre Company
Cast includes:
Katherine Rodden, Rachel Dobell, Alan Booty, Patrick Neyman, David Hemsted
Running time:
1hr 20mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15
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