REVIEW: Flames, Waterloo East Theatre ✭✭✭

Flames at Waterloo East Theatre by Stephen Dolginoff

However, there is an uncertainty of tone about the piece as a whole that does not entirely convince. The evening starts as a straight-forward thriller but then seems to change as the plot twists multiply into a knowing send-up of the genre instead. There is nothing wrong with this, but at points, particularly in the rapid-fire, almost farcical later scenes it was not clear which view should predominate, whether one was supposed to empathise or simply laugh at the characters. On the night I visited there was clearly some laughter in the wrong places, and the audience did not know what to make of the emotional tone.

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