ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Yours, Isabel (Christy Hall and Mark Lutz)

By | Published on Monday 22 August 2011

Initially, this very American performance made my ears cringe at the cheesy lines and over-acting. As the play progressed, however, it became apparent that this wasn’t a ‘Dear John’ sentimental soirée, but the remarkable perspective of a woman’s search for independence in a country suddenly bereft of young men. The story is an inspirational nod to the women’s rights movement during the War, as Isabel sees opportunity rather than setback. However, her character seems too larger-than-life for Nick to handle from the beginning; the relationship isn’t very believable (despite Hall and Lutz being married off-stage), which undermines the romance. Nick is too one-dimensional, making it seem unlikely Isabel would be his in the first place.

Paradise in The Vault, 8 – 29 Aug (not 15, 22), 4:30pm (5:45pm), £4.00 – £5.00, fpp314.
tw rating 3/5