Review: The Common Pursuit

By John Nathan, June 6, 2008

Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1

This 25-year-old, quietly moving comedy about personal and intellectual idealism is a surprise choice for a venue gorging on the success of big musicals. Gray’s remote world is populated by four Cambridge graduates whose intellectual integrity is embodied by their uncompromising magazine, The Common Pursuit.

It is hardly a surprise when disillusionment comes. But Fiona Laird’s elegant and well-acted revival (James Dreyfus’s sour but razor-sharp Humphry particularly stands out) does justice to a play whose beautiful structure and poignancy is not fully revealed until the very end. (Tel: 020 7907 7060)

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