There’s the core of a good play here: force the audience to decide who, between a husband and wife in a failed marriage, should get to live. Unfortunately, ‘Irreconcilable Differences’ is not that play. When a husband bashes his wife’s head off the floor, he’s lost the vote, no matter how many people she slept with. Abuse aside, ‘Irreconcilable Differences’ is just plain flat: we only rarely get venomous hatred from the actors and, despite sixty minutes in their company, I never got the sense that they had loved each other, yet to have felt the cost of failure, we needed to have seen what was lost. The final vote should have been gut wrenching; instead, it was just a dull, forgone conclusion.
Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 1-25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 1.50pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andrew Bell]