The Homecoming

For decades Keith has raved about seeing this play with Vivian Merchant as Ruth, so I was curious to have a chance to see it at last.

We had the pleasure of hearing Brian Dennehy and Stephen Ouimette talk about the play and their roles before we saw it. both talked about how hard it is to do Pinter, but how much they were enjoying the challenge and enjoying working together. Both turned in wonderful performances, as expected.

The director (Jennifer Tarver) made the right decision in not pushing everyone to have the strong north London accents – it would have been much harder for the actors and the audience.

Aaron Krohn as Lenny was beautifully menacing; Ian lake was the charmingly stupid Joey and Mike Shara was wierdly effective as Teddy, the one who seems to come home.

But of course it is really Ruth who comes home in the end. Cara Ricketts was calm and in control and left no doubt that she would be running the family now.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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2 Responses to The Homecoming

  1. Keith says:

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  2. Keith says:

    Okay, this did not have the same impact as it did umpteen years ago; and it is perhaps time to get over my infatuation with Vivien Merchant, (although I am not giving up on Charlotte Rampling yet – she's at least still alive).I thought Ouimette (of course) and Krohn were outstanding and the others were effective, except Shara. Teddy is a prig at the start and succumbs to the family's dynamics, but I didn't see him as the fool he seemed in this version – which might be the director's choice and not Shara's. I may actually have to break down and read the play to see if I was just wrong before.I have always said that the play stands or falls by whether you find it convincing that Ruth takes control. I think Cara Ricketts did a credible job in this regard, but I was not as totally convinced; she had the calm and control Cathy refers to, but I didn't feel the sexual power i remember – mind you, forty years can do that to a guy.So, overall, satisfactory but not mind-blowing.

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