Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Everyone's All at Sea in the City; THEATRE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Everyone's All at Sea in the City; THEATRE

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

One Minute

The Bush, W12

WHAT a frustratingly elliptical hour-and-a-half this is. The second piece in the Bush's mini-season of works by Simon Stephens promised great things, after the warmly received, pub-set, malesin-crisis drama Christmas. Yet One Minute leaves its audience with nothing more than a dispiriting feeling of bemusement.

Perhaps this was inevitable, as its five characters are bemused and anchorless, too, cast alone and adrift on the ebbs and flows of life in the harsh metropolis. There is no quirky Lost in Translationstyle romance to sugar the pill of 21st-century dislocation here though, as Stephens offers an examination of the aftermath of a seemingly motiveless event.

Daisy Schults, aged 11, has disappeared. Her professor mother is numb with grief; the two police officers (disappointingly, one a hardened pro with a collapsing home life, the other an eager young rookie) have few leads to work on and the increasingly hysterical words of an unreliable witness to wade through. …

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