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New-on-the-block company Defibrilator follow their excellent Blue Surge at the Finborough by staging three late Tennessee Williams shorts in three different rooms in, well, a hotel.

We meet in the foyer of the Holborn Grange Hotel (very welcoming staff) and c. 20 of us head off to Room 201 where a couple are waking. Sitting around them in close proximity isn’t always comfortable as they fight and quarrel about the boy’s drinking and the girl’s fidelity. Off to Room 301 before the arrival of what appears to be an old queen and his toy boy / rent boy playing power games with one another. Finally, another floor up to 401 where an old lady is preyed upon and robbed by two young men after her jewelry.

Three very different plays that benefit from the intimacy and immediacy of the staging. The artifice is soon overtaken by your immersion in the stories and it really is a voyeuristic experience. Late TW never matches great TW but it’s always fascinating to see him lose his inhibitions and here there’s an extent to which we have to lose ours with him.

All eight actors are very good, with a particular star turn from veteran Carol Macready as Miss Sylvia Sails in the final play. Here’s even a Downton Abbey footman if you’re into seeing  ‘people off the telly’!

An original and rewarding experience.

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