There isn’t a linear plot or story in The Language of Kindness, rather it’s in the individual moments between an unwell person and their nurse where this piece has its emotional power.
Mephisto [A Rhapsody], a French meta-theatrical update of Klaus Mann’s classic novel, has some brilliant moments but lacks metaphorical force.
Combined with the big questions it raises on compromising one’s beliefs, Mephisto [A Rhapsody] confronts classism, racism and lack of political action in the UK today, both in the arts and within the privileged but apathetic public.
What begins as a comedy of manners in Present Laugher does turn gradually into true farce: wrong people behind doors, disastrous revelations of affairs, panic. And in this area director Sean Foley is wholly reliable.