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Too Close to Home review at Lyric Hammersmith

Rani Moorthy goes to the heart of the very pertinent issues of terrorism and prejudice in her latest play Too Close to Home, giving a valuable insight into what the current climate of fear means from the perspective of Muslims.

It explores what it means to be a Muslim and how deceptive looks can be. The member of the family who looks the most integrated into the British community turns out to be a terrorist, while the one who seemed to be going crazy was the sanest of them all.

Moorthy plays the mother’s role herself and is wonderfully natural and likeable, while Shiv Grewal, as her husband, pulls off the most complex character of the play successfully.

Unfortunately the two sons are cast less well. Although Sartaj Garewal as Sayeed and Dharmesh Patel as Saleem look the part, they fail to do justice to their characters, with Garewal completely unconvincing in the second half of the play.

Meanwhile Stephanie Street brought some real passion to the stage as Raziya.

The set works well with other rooms and views nicely revealed with lighting. However some aspects were bizarre, such as the clumpy table and the fridge doubling as front door.

Production Information

Lyric, Hammersmith, Until November 11, then touring until December 2

Author
Rani Moorthy
Producer
Rasa
Director
Iqbal Khan
Cast
Rani Moorty, Shiv Grewal, Dharmesh Patel, Sartaj Garewal and Stephanie Street
Running time
2hrs 30mins