Entertaining Mr Sloane

This is the third play by Joe Orton that we have seen and it is by far the most interesting. The four characters dance around each other, saying, but not saying, what they think and desire. They circle around each other like boxers, an illusion supported by the stage, set in the middle like a boxing ring.
Fiona Reid as Kath gets the best lines and does great things with them. The transformation of Kath from seductress to Mummy is hilarious, but is surpassed by the transformation from supplicant to dominator at the end. 

Stuart Hughes is brilliant as Ed, who manages to express his desires without ever being explicit.
Michael Simpson as Kemp is sad and foolish.
David Beazely as Sloane is definitely an actor to watch for. He is threatening, cajoling, sad, mean, crafty, vain, vicious and greedy, but still you can’t help liking him!
It is hard to see how the Lord Chamberlain missed all the homosexual references and took out all the heterosexual ones, but it is a good thing he did!/p>


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 Entertaining Mr Sloane

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Hardly a farce, but entertaining.
    The Mummy/seductress transformation is hilarious, but definitely creepy.
    It reminded me of Pinter’s “The Homecoming” in the power switches.

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