Well, the reviews for Smaller are in (theatre of course doesn’t even exist outside of London, according to the media) – and it’s not good news. People don’t like it. The kindest has been three stars out of five; the cruelest one star. The FT gave it two stars but savaged it, starting with the line: “As dismal evenings in the theatre go, Smaller is not offensive – merely slow, obvious and banal.”
The general feeling is that the writer – TV soap author Carmel Morgan – has extended a particularly traumatic episode into a full play. It left quite a few critics depressed – “remorselessly bleak” said The Telegraph. And yet, as ever, everyone praises Kathy Burke as director. It was an “adroit production”, says The Guardian; The Stage praises her “understanding of comedy and drama”; and so on.
This seems to be a persistent theme with Kathy Burke’s plays: nice direction, shame about the play. I wonder what percentage of plays produced every year actually get a good review. Anyway, you can read some of those reviews on the directing page here.