Review: Parlour Song

By John Nathan, April 2, 2009

Almeida Theatre, London N1

Jez Butterworth’s comeback comedy is populated by lower-middle-class neighbours who live in a housing development stuck in a field outside London. Demolition man Ned (Toby Jones) feels his life is imploding. Macho Dale (Andrew Lincoln) — a walking comedy of male manners — is his best mate who has an affair with Ned’s emotionally unsatisfied wife, Joy (Amanda Drew). Ian Rickson’s production is a delight of witty dialogue and fine acting. But the lesson that life in the suburbs is uneventful is rather pedestrian.

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Last updated: 2:21pm, April 2 2009