The Hotel Plays
Defibrillator presents The Hotel Plays – a triptych of intimate Tennessee Williams shorts – in the plush surroundings of The Langham hotel. Expanding on its previous run in 2012, this outing sees the addition of Williams’ The Pink Bedroom to his other pieces, Green Eyes and Sunburst.
It’s a voyeuristic evening of uncomfortable emotional conflicts and bedside confessions. But while Green Eyes is astonishingly good the quality of the other two is patchier.
Despite Helen George’s deliciously detailed portrayal of a blighted mistress Anthony Banks’ direction of Williams’ emotionally meandering The Pink Bedroom feels clumsy and he is unable to give this slight piece any weight.
Sunburst meanwhile is a strange combination of aggression and comedy. The cast play off each other beautifully but Williams doesn’t give them enough to work with to deserve the emotional response we are asked for at the end.
Still James Hillier’s explosive Green Eyes is worth the ticket price alone – showcasing a director, cast and writer at the peak of their visceral and emotional powers. Hillier’s direction is sensuous and scary. Loftus is so compelling as the provocative wife that it’s hard to look away, while Anthony portrays such violent intention that you feel genuinely fearful when he attacks.
- The Langham, London
- February 11-March 15
- Author: Tennessee Williams
- Directors: Anthony Banks, James Hillier, Jonathan Humphreys
- Producer: Defibrillator
- Cast includes: Helen George, Gyuri Sarossy, Aisling Loftus, Gethin Anthony, Carol MacReady, Daniel Ings
- Running time: 1hr 20 mins
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