Thumbs up for Duet for One
I am more of a film-buff than a play-enthusiast but the other week I had the pleasure of being treated to a night in the West End to watch Duet for One with Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman.
I have to say that I wasn’t exactly anticipating a riveting night – the entire play revolves around a famous violinist stricken with multiple sclerosis and her sessions with a psychiatrist. Not exactly what I’d call an uplifting way to spend an evening.
But the play was superb – dramatic, moving and at times very funny. When you think a two-and-a-half-hour movie can feel very long (and that’s with scene changes, multiple characters, and maybe special effects), the fact these two actors captivated an audience for the same length of time, solely based on their conversation, goes some way to show the brilliance of the performance. (I’ll admit, I might have cut ten minutes off both acts, but that was probably more to do with me getting restless in my less-than-confortable Vaudeville Theatre seats, than the play itself…)
Anyway, highly recommended.
Chiara Priorelli, Publicity Manager