Outdated Vic, London, till October 31
This should be dispiriting for the forged of Eureka Day, however the funniest scene within the play requires the punters to search for at a succession of chat messages being projected into the rafters of the theatre.
They’re frantically tapped out by a gaggle of oldsters concerned in a digital
assembly with the seemingly ultraprogressive administration board of a
California faculty. Earlier than lengthy it degenerates into four-letter phrases, references to Hitler and shocked emojis.
That is an intermittently humorous, if cynical, work which I’m undecided I like all that a lot. I don’t deny there’s lots about determinedly right-on folks that
invitations ridicule, and the playwright Jonathan Spector accepts the invitation with relish. Gender-neutral terminology, horror of anti-vaxxers, compulsive
hugging, straining always by no means to offend are all in his sights. They’re to some extent embodied within the character of Don – the committee chair performed by Mark McKinney, who likes to listen to everybody out, however principally himself.
Spector has enjoyable suggesting his committee is usually engaged in hypocritical nonsense – Susan Kelechi Watson as the primary black lady to sit down on it’s patronisingly informed every now and then by her white fellow members what it’s wish to be a black lady – and the opposite characters are all PC Aunt Sallies.
The actual downside with Katy Rudd’s manufacturing is that it will possibly’t supply an
different modus vivendi. Don and co would possibly typically be absurd, however straining to not be offensive is, I might recommend, an enchancment on straining to be offensive.