Waynetta in The Slobs




[Smaller review]

The Sunday Times, 9 April 2006



I’ve nothing against Carmel Morgan’s play except it being in a West End theatre. Any theatre. It’s a half-hour sitcom thinly stretched out as a two-hour play, full of flat, cutesy writing and plodding jokes.

Maureen (June Watson), crippled by arthritis, is the invalid from hell: domineering and whingeing. Daughter Bernice (Dawn French), teacher, joker and professional martyr, cares for her heroically. Daughter Cath (Alison Moyet) escaped long ago, to work as a singer in Spain.

The ending is of the laugh-through-tears, bone-crunchingly sentimental variety. For God’s sake, no more celebrity theatre.

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