Review: Home, I'm Darling
Image courtesy National Theatre
Understudy Johhny and Marcus - Charlie Allen
Sylvia - Susan Brown
Understudy Judy, Franand Alex - Ellie Burrow
Alex - Sara Gregory
Johnny - Richard Harrington
Fran - Siubhan Harrison
Understudy Sylvia - Jane MacFarlane
Marcus - Hywel Morgan
Judy - Katherine Parkinson
How happily married are the happily married?
Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling.
But behind the gingham curtains, things start to unravel, and being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it seems.
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, Laura Wade's 'piercingly funny' (Time Out) new play transfers to the West End for 11 weeks only.
Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Laura Wade's fizzing comedy about one woman's quest to be the perfect 1950's housewife.
Photography (Katherine Parkinson) by David Stewart.
Eugenia ZiranovaPerformance date: Tuesday 19 March 2019
If there were a contest for a standard West End play, "Home, I'm Darling" would certainly have chance to win.
It has everything in place: a bright lead character, tension, tons of laughter, precise choreography and timing, appeal to different audiences, a fabulous set (a refurbishment done in seconds - such a lovely bit) conflicts from different points of view and takes on deep questions, topical themes ... and a happy ending with love triumphing over troubles.
Judy (Katherine Parkinson) takes redundancy and follows her dream to live in the 1950s.
Initially doubtful, her husband Johnny (Richard Harrington), also a 50's aficionado, agrees to give this folly a try.
They turn their house into a living cut-out of their dreamland.
All the furniture and chattels are sourced at antique shops and all consumables repackaged into period containers on arrival, and the relationship itself is also fashioned after an ideal 50's couple poster.
So the play starts at the point where this high maintenance, artificial construct starts creaking.
Where is the line drawn between a lifestyle and life?
Between folly and identity?
Between performance and authenticity?
How long do you have to fake it until you finally make it, if ever?
Should you follow your ideal even if you know it is disconnected from reality?
Should you keep your milk in an authentic fridge, denying the fact the sodding device does not work any longer?
It is easy to live a conventional life where all answers are known.
If in doubt, ask your reference group AIBU, and you have a sort of roadmap.
In the world shaped by your will, you have to find all the answers yourself.
The loneliness of a world-builder is, perhaps, my major takeaway from this evening ... full of delights.
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