Happy Together (The Lincoln Company)
By Patricia-Ann Young | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2016
‘Happy Together’ wants to be a really clever play, but its pseudo-musings and convoluted delivery just make it seem kinda dim. It takes a simple concept – unravelling the dark dynamic between a young couple – but bloats it by repeatedly cutting back to the present day, where the pair read dull prose from cue cards, a device that starts to grate early. Writer Kate Newman is evidently talented, and the dialogue sparks when she lets the characters interact and unfurl. Yet she spends so much time experimenting with storytelling techniques that there’s no time for character development, and the finale sadly flops. ‘Happy Together’ is all style over substance, with an unhealthy and rather uninteresting lack of sense.
C Cubed, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]