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The Art Of Falling Apart (Big Wow, Richard Jordan Productions, Unity in association with Pleasance)

By | Published on Friday 8 August 2014

This dark comedy opens with a scriptwriter, mid-breakdown, screaming at his producer: “all ideas are rehashed!” This may be true of ‘The Art’, but it rehashes Sartre and the well-worn genre of existentialism beautifully, uniquely and extremely skilfully. The production consists of nothing more than two actors, two chairs, standard lighting and a script, yet from these simple origins comes a visually stunning, heart-warming tale of a man stuck in a rut. Nightmarish, narcotic and hypnotic, this play poignantly depicts “that moment” in everyone’s life with harrowing accuracy. Sentiments aside, the acting and direction are ridiculously impressive. You know you’re watching something special when a plethora of realistic mindscapes are built with nothing more than lights and chairs.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [George Robb]