NOT QUITE RISIBLE ENOUGH
"HOW Say You ? "—and my
verdict would be that this comedy just does not succeed in mak.ing one laugh although it might produce a few smiles. The play stars those perennial favourites. A. F.. Matthews, whose short appearance here at the Aldwych Theatre means that he has now performed in every London theatre, and Kathleen Harrison. Ann Firbank and Francis Matthews provide the romantic interest in the plot which involves them as two warring junior barristers The central point of the play is their appearance in court as opposing counsel, both determined to win the case and thereby prove their superiority. However, the action of the play does not finish with the verdict of the sorely-tried judge, and the most original scene is the last one which provides one or two surprises. Although the very able east try hard. the lack of originality in dialogue and situation and the pedestrian pace of the action in the first half of the play make it impossible for them to turn this
into a success, M.H.
"THE Pleasure of His Company"
at the Haymarket is an amusing, highly exaggerated, yet plausible story of a typical American domestic tangle, neatly unravelled by a well-chosen cast. Accepted as a "comedy" (although the theme is far from comic) it affords an entertaining diversion, well worth the pleasure of your company.