"Hill writes outrageously funny plays"
by Aline Waites for remotegoat on 23/08/16

There is no doubt about it John Hill writes outrageously funny plays. Who can resist that gloriously heartless plot and dialogue of this new production of HDTMUF?

Sebastian is a psychologist practising positive thinking and helping to heal marriages. We are present at one of his sessions in which he is so involved with the lady – Kirsty, that he is trying to get her double glazing seller husband, Trevor, to think a divorce is a good idea. But Trevor is immobile and irremovable. He is a genuinely good person who is so boring his wife is trying desperately to end either the marriage or his life.

Tom Bonnington has a hugely enjoyable time playing this goofy man who is too good for himself, his wife and the world. The poor guy doesn't seem to be aware of the fact that his destruction might be impending, and he is playing a dangerous game = breaking Sebastien ballcock amongst other disasters.

Playing his unsuccessfully murderous wife is Saria Steel – lusciously sexy, who knows how to get laughs out of her sensuality. She and Sebastien can hardly keep their hands off each other.

The most difficult role is Sebastien played by Ethan Chapples. He has a cushion with 'Happiness is a journey, not a destination' which he is careful to turn towards the audience no matter what horrors are carrying on in his surgery. He is another character who wants to do his best. Unfortunately, he is a martyr to his libido, and everything goes wrong.

John Hill has written this terrific farce. I had the great luck to be personally involved in one of his previous works. Intelligent farces are so unusual in these solemn days – almost a lost talent. But John Hill proves that the genre is definitely here to stay.

Manuel Bau has done a great job directing his distinguished cast. This play is part of the Camden Fringe, but it definitely needs a longer run. It is very short – only about an hour long but it would work very well with another of his short plays ' We Need to Talk About Clive'.

Full of comedy ideas and comedy one-liners and totally without earnestness just as all real comedy should be.

It is also a real tribute to the great farceur, Brian Rix, who died last week. Let us hope that Farce (famously the most difficult kind of theatre to play) will soon be on its way back.

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