Widow: a Comedy — Unfunny

The whole set of this play takes place in the bar. The story is not very original to start with. It is about a guy who is pretending to be a widower in order to hook up with an attractive girl at the bar. The play's forty minutes consist of them going back and forth with standard pleasantries just in time for him to agree to go back to her place and – you guessed it – that is when his “deceased” wife appears to bust him. Somehow, I saw that coming—wouldn't you?

The story does not end quite yet and takes you a bit further into an even more obvious turn – he regrets his actions (sure he does!) and she (God help us all!) forgives him!

So the story is not very original, and even spiced up with a few not-too-bad jokes, is not very funny at the end.

I found the acting not very believable. Maybe because the actors did not play the sometimes with longer-than-needed pauses between dialogues very well, it was as if they were trying to remember the script.

The only funny character for me was Gary. He was very well played by Marcel Perro. I found myself laughing at his jokes all along the play.

At the end it makes you wonder what the purpose of this was. We are already familiar with the story and it was not presented in an original enough way for it to be worthy of the stage. This play will not make you think or do any deep analysis of the facts. You will leave exactly as you came – knowing that life is not perfect and men are cheaters who often have wives who are ready to forgive and forget.

By Elena Krasnova