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Paradise (Nottingham New Theatre)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

Truthful and touching, ‘Paradise’ tells the stories of several characters whose lives briefly intersect at a London station. While some of these stories are less compelling than others, they are uniformly well observed, with the honest, naturalistic dialogue raising regular chuckles of recognition from the audience. Helped along by a sweet-toned live soundtrack, five actors cover a several roles, with evident care being taken to make each distinct and fully-formed. Though the pace slackens when the sharp dialogue of the first half gives way to introspective monologues, solid characterisation and energetic, heartfelt performances carry the show. Just short of blissful, this is a fine piece of work, playing to the strengths of a dynamic, unquestionably talented ensemble.

Zoo, until 25 Aug (odd dates only), 8.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]