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Unsung (Red Mane Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

This is very much a play of two halves. The first half is a sharply observed comedy about two British-Asian brothers, living in England with their wives. The patriarchal values of older brother Rana are, initially, played for laughs, and it is the women – carefree Joy and more traditional Megh – who are strong. All four actors are excellent, their performances subtle and nuanced. When things suddenly take a dark turn half-way through, once the initial panache of the dramatic twist wore off, I began to question the actions of the characters, especially Joy and her husband Ash. The play’s climax seeks to offer resolution, but doesn’t, making the whole thing gripping, engaging but ultimately a little hollow.

C nova, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Leask]