Ten years in the past, I noticed Tennessee Williams’ play Vieux Carre on the Kings Head Theatre, directed by Robert Chevara and it nonetheless stays one in every of my favorite performs at the moment. So once I heard he was directing one other Williams play, this time on the Charing Cross Theatre, I knew I needed to go and test it out.
The Milk Practice Doesn’t Cease Right here Anymore is a 1960’s play that notoriously flopped in all its incarnations and is deemed to not be one in every of Tennessee Williams’s higher works. Linda Marlowe performs Flora Gofirth, a once-famous mannequin, now dwelling in Italy, writing her memoirs and refusing to face her personal morality. The play is barely introduced into modern-day, with secretary ‘Blackie’ juggling ipads and cellphones, making an attempt to take down notation however other than that, we seem to nonetheless be within the sixties. When a mysterious younger man, often known as the Angel of Loss of life comes to go to, it’s time for Flora to have a look at herself within the mirror and settle for she is now not the individual she as soon as was and succumb to her present state of affairs.
The set is easy – a mattress, a chaize lounge and a drinks desk and every half is properly used to convey totally different areas of the villa. The sound and lighting have been a bit of amateurish and a few fading out and in of sounds wouldn’t have gone a miss to assist ease us out and in of scenes.
Linda Marlowe is barely off-stage all through the play however sadly stumbles over most of her strains which turns into troublesome to remain engaged with the character. Sara Kestelman has a fairly small function because the buddy however provides some mild comedy to the play, displaying that you’re solely as outdated as the person you are feeling! Joe Ferrera, is a bit of overpowering because the safety guard and feels extra like he’s defending a Kardashians diamonds fairly than an outdated woman within the Italian countryside. Matteo Johnson is sweet because the Italian butler, rolling his eyes at Flora’s makes an attempt at talking the language and Sanee Raval does job because the Angel of Loss of life. Lucie Shorthouse steals the present because the assistant who’s on the verge of packing all of it in and leaving.
The Milk Practice Doesn’t Cease Right here Anymore is a sluggish burner (like many Tennessee Williams performs) however when you perceive the essence of the story, it’s attention-grabbing to observe how issues develop and finally come to a climax.
Value a watch!
Reviewed by West Finish Wilma