The chaise longue has been dug out of storage for this re-imagining of William Congreve’s 1693 marriage farce The Double Dealer at the Orange Tree Theatre.
If an elderly relative in enormous physical pain begged you to help them to die, would you? Would you ever ask the same of someone else? What is a ‘decent death’? Should we all have the right to one? Or, put another way, should euthanasia be legalised in the UK?
Curtains has a play-of-the-day feel to it as it seeks to deal with its big issue – euthanasia – and, in some ways, achieves a measure of success.
This trilogy, transferred from Chichester is an epic: a thrilling voyage through time to the earliest days of Anton Chekhov. And, if it is not too philistine a thing to murmur, it will draw to him even those people who don’t fire up with excitement at the later masterpieces – especially the often morosely played The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters.