ENEMIES by Maxim Gorky Almeida Theatre, London; First Night Review
Byline: ROBERT GORE-LANGTON
MAXIM Gorky is the unknown playwright of the Russian Revolution. He had a big moustache, a city named after him, then he pretty much vanished from the theatrical map.
He's back in this rare revival of his 100-year- old play about striking workers and a factory owning family.
Sir Alan Sugar would have known what to do with these Leftie oiks. You never hear 'you're fired'. What you do hear is frightful row as the strike builds up a head of steam.
This is more than just a trouble at t'mill industrial drama. It's a huge sprawling play about a family - and a country - that's rapidly heading down the plughole.
Back at the big house the management is divided. One partner wants to cave into the workers' demands to have a brutal foreman sacked.
The other - a brutal reactionary- wants to lock them out and let them starve.
Staged in period costume with a corny set of birch trees and a steaming samovar (stage shorthand for Russia), the murder hunt gets under way after the nasty manager is shot.
Sean Chapman is terrific as the woolly liberal. …