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ED2012 Theatre Review: Porphyria (New Theatre, University of Nottingham)

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Some fantasies are best left at the back of your mind. Striving to be a psychosexual tragicomedy, Porphyria is an unispiring story of a married man falling for his au pair – who just happens to be his dream woman. And then it all unravels, inevitably, into madness. Despite a weak plot which manages to be simultaneously overly familiar and unbelievable, the dialogue is undeniably sharp in places, giving the cast just enough room to be playful. Liz Stevens steals every scene as the bitter, bitchy wife of philandering madman Reginald – the utterly unsympathetic husband played like an agitated Lee Evans. Like its flawed anti-hero, this is a show which doesn’t know what it really wants.

Zoo Southside, 6-20 Aug, 3.15pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]

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