The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs

110 minutes- no intermission. fantastic! I didn’t have any desire to leave, as the play and performances were gripping. taking off from the tale of bluebeard’s chamber, this play explores the nature of relationships and what happens when someone is given everything except one small thing. The room at the top of the stairs becomes immediately attractive, even if it means risking everything else.
Nicole Underhay was amazing as Grace, who goes into the room and discovers more than she wants to know. Sarah Dodd was perfect as her mother Joyce, while Clare Calnan exemplified every sister who was not the favorite! Raquel Duffy was sly and hopeful as the maid Jenny, clearly in love with Henry, the man at the centre of it all. Rick Roberts used his good looks and charm to convince everyone in the audience of the reasonable requests he was making.
The end of the play is enigmatic, but I think a happy ending is achieved. Another viewer might draw a completely different conclusion.
But we alll thought it was a great play with a great cast.


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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One Response to The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs

  1. Keith says:

    No question in my mind that it is a happy ending.Henry has a dark place in himself that he will not reveal to others. He is angry when Grace will not stay out of it, but overjoyed when he realises she accepts what is in his dark place.Before they had the outward signs of a happy marriage, now they have one that will last.Interesting play, well written and translated and excellent acting.A fascinating evening of theatre.

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