Proof*** (Menier Chocolate Factory, 15 March 2013)

Posted: March 16, 2013 in Theatre

On the surface, this American play by David Auburn is written to the template for the perfect Broadway hit; two hours long, one set, four actors, slightly intellectual but not too challenging, dashes of romance and sentimentality, etc, etc. In fact, it is in many ways much too perfect, being so neatly structured that it reaches the point where it feels too contrived to ever be really convincing. Dealing with a woman who inherits a genius in Mathematics from her father who had also suffered from mental illness, it is nowhere near as clever as it seems to think it is. That said, this is a fairly solid production which includes an electrifying performance from Mariah Gale. So the evening is gripping and entertaining while it lasts but there is not much to think about afterwards. Like a chocolate souffle, tasty but lightweight.

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