ED2013 3/5 Reviews ED2013 Theatre Reviews

The Waiting Room (Waiting Room)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

Four people, with four different invitations to one room, wait and wait. From the streetwise to the rich to the educated, all learn their place here. Characters become both hunter and hunted, as mind-games play out and fears reach fever-pitch. A ‘Lord Of The Flies’ type brawl for survival, in this waiting room the most primitive instincts and most civilised tools of thought are relied upon. Grippingly tense in plot, ‘The Waiting Room’ can at times become stuffy with over-philosophising as wordy, hollow monologues fill up the gaps between scenes. Passionately acted (sometimes to excessive extremes), this is a production driven by strong, memorable characters. It makes the waiting game excitingly intense and dangerous.

Assembly George Square, until 26 Aug, 11.30am.
tw rating 3/5 | [Katharine Wootton]