REVIEW ROUND-UP: Home, I’m Darling at Duke of York’s Theatre

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Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Laura Wade’s  play which has transferred to the West End. 

The Reviews Hub★★★★ “Once again, Wade lulls us into a false sense of security before turning things dark – a very enjoyable experience.”

Time Out: ★★★★ “Judy is superbly brought to life by Katherine Parkinson. She juicily rolls all the comic potential out of Wade’s dialogue, while suggesting the ever-present panicky fear beneath it.”

The Telegraph: ★★★★ “There is much to enjoy in both Wade’s finely tuned comedy and in all elements of the production’s design (Parkinson’s never-ending costume changes – dazzling in pink gingham and crushed raspberry flared skirts – are worth the price of admission alone). Indeed, I was left with a tiny desire to retreat into the past myself.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★ “Tamara Harvey’s poised and brittle production catches these changing moods precisely; Anna Fleischle’s brilliant two level cutaway of the couple’s home provides its own defining sense of period atmosphere. The play is full of playful, breezy charm, but also packs a considerable punch.”

The Times: ★★★★ “The pacing is not perfect, but it is great to see a show that tackles feminism, sexual harassment and even fantasy home decoration.”

Broadway World: ★★★★★ “This play is a top-class comedy that’s thought-provoking as well as entertaining – a guaranteed hit whether you consider yourself a feminist, domestic goddess, or something in between.”

Stage Review: ★★★★ “Director Tamara Harvey has produced a sparkling, sad, terribly clever and very inventive (just watch the set rearrange and tidy itself) play which exposes the emotional fallout of modern day, fast-track living.”

Evening Standard: ★★★★ “But this is an intriguing study of marriage’s reliance on role-play, as well as an original, sometimes unsettling look at the masks people put on in order to conceal their pain.”

The Upcoming: ★★★★★ “This is a close character observation beautifully written and performed under the confident and assured direction of Tamara Harvey and it’s not to be missed.”

Londonist: ★★★★ “Tamara Harvey considers every last detail, right down to a pristine set, and stylish scene transitions soundtracked by rock & roll hits of yesteryear. Yes, modern life might appear to be rubbish sometimes. But to watch a witty and insightful new show like Home, I’m Darling — well, it’s a surprisingly affirming thing.”

Home, I’m Darling continues to play at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 13 April 2019.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.