Donmar Warehouse


07 Dec 2017 - 03 Feb 2018

£10.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young and recently married. He’s a doctor combating infant disease. She’s an actress, also teaching yoga. It’s just before Christmas and they’re living the expat highlife in bohemian Belleville, Paris.

It’s all a little too perfect.


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“Menacing... She ratchets the tension from homely to horror with real integrity and restraint... Empathy and eloquence.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Feels very American and millennial... Herzog is better than good at building tension... Poots is brilliant.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Extraordinarily fine... Thrilling Donmar production... Poots: quicksilver subtlety... Never slackens its grip on truth. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Longhurst keeps Herzog's tensions simmering until they boil over... Norton and Poots: accent-perfect, emotionally precise.”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

“A cracker, superbly acted by the two fearless principals... Tense, alarming, sometimes funny... Horribly credible... It rivets.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Longhurst directs with a discreet touch... but, man, it’s grim... Poots flakes convincingly... Powerful viewing.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Brilliantly acted but uneven... Norton offers a masterclass in simultaneous menace and vulnerability... Poots is fantastic.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Strongly played by Norton and Poots... Dwindled into implausible melodrama... Herzog writes well about a fraught marriage.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Sharp-eared... Norton signals subtly the controlling side of Zack's husbandly solicitude and the underlying quiet desperation.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Deeply unsatisfactory play... It is greatly to the credit of Norton and Poots that we remain at all engaged.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Unsettling drama... A fizzy chemistry between the leads... Longhurst achieves an atmosphere of barely suppressed violence.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Superbly acted and impeccable staged production of a lurid and bloodless domestic psychological thriller.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Directed with clever claustrophobia... Intense acting... More full of violent twists than psychological surprises.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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