There’s an enjoyable sitcom slickness to Roxy Dunn’s two-hander Timmy. She plays Judith, a young woman in a relationship with the title character – he prefers Timmy to Tim – a man who, at 35, is 10 years older than her. But things between them aren’t going as she hoped or planned, and certainly not like they do in Richard Curtis comedies. He resists intimacy but is desperate to have her around. She wants to discuss the future but this makes him palpably uncomfortable. They try being friends instead but, if anything, this complicates things further.
Dunn writes crisp, amusing dialogue and Hanna Berrigan’s production, which places the couple side by side but has them addressing the audience, is tight. Dunn and Joz Norris, as Timmy, do a capable job of conveying a mix of frustration and affection on her part, relative passivity and incomprehension on his. But the play feels narrow in its view of relationships, and in its outlook in general, and the edge of entitlement to Judith’s behaviour becomes grating after a while.
Dunn’s play is smart on incompatibility and compromise, the pressure to settle down, and differing ways men and women deal with it, but the circular nature of the narrative, while reflective of their relationship, makes it less satisfying as theatre.