ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

The Mourning Party (Up In The Gods)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Where were you when President Kennedy died? Not even born yet if you’re the cast of ‘The Mourning Party’, but that doesn’t stop them turning in excellent performances as three strangers unite in an Indiana bar by the news of his assassination. The play begins with three beautifully observed overlapping monologues that introduce the characters, but once they’ve heard the news, we get too many vague generalisations about what Jack Kennedy meant to them and not enough about the characters themselves. The point is presumably the contrast between their frustrated lives and the hope Kennedy represented, but I wish a little less had been made of this central conceit. Nevertheless, this talented cast and writer are clearly going places.

C soco, 14 – 29 Aug, 4.45pm (5.45pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp282.
tw rating 3/5