Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the End, One Family Is Just like Another

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the End, One Family Is Just like Another

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

THEATRE The Bee Soho Theatre .....

Fiona Mountford HERE'S a stylish storyline that would have made a great winning submission for The Play's The Thing. A man comes home from work one evening to find that a gunman has taken his wife and son hostage. The man sees one solution: to do the same to the gunman's family.

Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1970s short story provided Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan with script inspiration; thus the hero turned antihero is a Tokyo salaryman, Mr Ido.

Pursued by a media desperate for on-air emotion and frustrated by plodding police procedure, Ido comes to a conclusion startling in its simplicity. "I find I have no aptitude for playing the victim," he announces as he steals a policeman's gun and establishes a parallel siege situation.

The evening's multitasking award goes to Noda, who has not only written, but also acts and directs. Manga comic-strip frenzy prevails initially as the four-strong cast rush around playing hacks and coppers, but once Ido has barred the door of his new apartment the action becomes classically streamlined. …

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