Mike Batistick's play about identity crisis among 'the working poor' has some sharp lines and could be interesting in the right hands. But this lacklustre production does it no favours.
Hard-up Big Mac addict Wendell (Craig Kelly) is struggling to provide for his pregnant wife, Lina, while trying to rid their tiny New York apartment of an unwanted guest – his unemployed childhood friend Floyd (George Georgiou).
Batistick plays up the parallels between the cooped-up Wendell and the caged rooster he and Floyd are grooming to make some quick cash in an illegal cockfight. Male ego is on the line: they are jacked up on E numbers, socially disempowered and simmering with frustration.
But here, instead of a pressure cooker, we get tumbleweed. Under Sam Neophytou's listless direction, scenes drift aimlessly, almost to a halt in places. A bland set and perfunctory lighting drain the production of any character.
Lisa Maxwell hits the right note of dry resignation as beer-swigging expectant mum, Lina. But the majority of the cast give hesitant, low-key performances that lack energy. Everything feels under-rehearsed. The plot takes a twist too many and ends up straining credibility. 'Chicken' deserves better than this headless treatment.
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We went to see the play last Saturday. We thought the acting was excellent. The delivery was realistic and convincing. We really did enjoy our time. We have decided now to go and see plays more often.
I enjoyed the play although I thought craig kelly was really bad and let the piece down. His acting was mechanical and his accent was inconsistant. George Georgiou was excellent as Floyd. Lisa Maxwell was alright despite the fact she didn't act pregnant which made her performance much less believable. It was a shame that the production obviously lacked direction but overall was still enjoyable.
I went to see the show on Friday and I truly enjoyed the whole play. Yes, it's different to all other west end shows but for that I think it stands out. The story and acting are fantastic especially the scene with Floyed and his father, i found it very moving and brought tears to my eyes. A great show that should not be missed by anyone that apriciates real life story's! 5 stars and thumbs up from me!!!
Really enjoyed this romp through the bronx! Lisa Maxwell is fantastic as the understated bored housewife and there was a real buzz between George Georgio's lethario and Maxwell's coquettishness. I also particularly enjoyed the moving scene with Georgio and his beleaguered dad; a fragile relationship that many of us can relate to in some way or other!
COMPLETELY disagree. Refreshing to see a company that dare to be different in a West End that is full of commercial rubbish. Acting is fab as is the writing. Very entertaining night at the theatre. Best piece of modern Drama I've seen in ages.
Quite howe this mess of a play found space in the West End defies explanation. Among the very worst things I have seen recently, it's tedious, pointless ramblings are given indifferent life by an under rehearsed and clearly bored cast. Avoid.