|Booking From:||Monday, 25th June 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 21st July 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
Very pleasantly surprised. I read a couple of reviews before going that didn't sound too good, but I must say, I had a very entertaining evening at the theatre. The play is funny, sharp, dark and moving. The performances were spot on. The scenes with Maxwell and Georgiou really had me on the edge of my seat. There is a also a very moving scene between Georgiou and Lucas that reminded me of my relationship with my father in many ways.
I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in hard hitting Drama, which these days is hard to find in a West End full of song and dance.
I had such a good night out. The play explored a number of issues around dysfunctional relationships, family and surviving on the breadline but still managed to be funny. The theatre is so small that everyone in the audience is only a few feet from the action. You almost feel as though you are in the rundown Bronx apartment alongside the characters. This really helped me immerse myself in the story, especially when the tension between the characters racked up (helped by the excellent George Georgiou’s threatening performance as Floyd). I didn’t really know what to expect of Lisa Maxwell, as I had only ever seen her on Loose Women, but I was certainly not prepared for such an engaging performance. She was convincing and totally credible as a pregnant New Yorker – definitely the star of the show. Craig Kelly, as Wendell, did not seem as confident in his role but I have the feeling that when he has the chance to relax into the part he will be more assured. The only part of the play which didn’t ring true was the ending but despite this I would recommend Chicken as a thought-provoking and entertaining piece of theatre.
I saw the play on opening night and there were a few of the expected technical issues. Its an interesting and very close up view of of the 3 central characters. Craig Kelly lacked energy and was conspicuously thin (playing a comfort eating fat man) Lisa Maxwell was both sexy and beautifully disfunctional and have a great chemistry with Georgiou. I am going again and look forward to a faster paced and slicker version of the play
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