Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review:In The Company Of Women, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Andrea Mullaney.
Men are from Mars, women are from Venus; children versus career as the biological clock ticks; dating is hell; best girlfriends share everything: all these and other gender stereotypes abound in this short new play which comes across as intensely alien to anyone who doesn’t share its Loose Women/glossy magazine-style assumptions.
But that’s a shame, as its two performers, Ruth Worth and Samara Sinclair (who also wrote the piece) are capable actors and very likeable as pals Carla and Shelley, who meet repeatedly to bemoan their love-lives. Carla is married to some nice-but-dull chap, wondering whether she should get pregnant or launch into an affair with a sexy electrician. Shelley is doggedly clicking away on dating apps to find her prince, but meeting a lot of frogs, or at least she thinks so; one chap is dismissed in horror for daring to have a bad haircut. Whether having coffee or doing yoga, each of their chats is underpinned by the assumption that the grass is greener for the other one, which eventually causes a brief rift. On paper all this sounds okay, and you can see how carefully worked out it’s all been.
But no-one is really this shallow and despite its professional staging, this is a play built on clichés.
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Published in The Scotsman on 19 August 2015
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