Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: 'Old Flames'

The New Theatre is currently showing Old Flames, the latest play by Shane Burke. "The relationship between two sisters is put to the test when an ex-boyfriend is hired to paint their house in this new black comedy", is how the New Theatre describes the play.

I've enjoyed Burke's previous plays Flipside and The Horse Trading Diaries. As with those plays, Burke's script is again clever without ever being pretentious, and Old Flames is full of great one liners.

The play is well cast and - apart from a slightly stumbly opening few lines on the night I saw the play - the acting varied between good and excellent. I particularly liked that one of the actresses gave her wine glass a (subtle) swirl while holding it. It's only a minor gesture, but it's all those little things that make a play good.

Conclusion: Old Flames is fun and well-written. Go see it.

Old Flames continues in The New Theatre until 9th August 2014, starting at 7:30 each evening. The play runs for 75 minutes with no interval. Tickets cost €15 / €12.


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