Sidewalk Studio Theatre Productions
While their mother lies dead in the bath tub, four sisters with four different fathers are brought together in her living room to consider her loss and their own lives over vodka and scrabble. Secrets are revealed and accusations flung as these very different characters - an uptight lawyer, a free-spirited Harvard student, a best selling author and a conformist teacher - let their hair down and clash over what family, duty and taking control means. The all-female cast were superb all round, with slick and dynamic performances of a script that was packed with unexpected twists and turns. Absorbing from start to finish, this was funny, touching and ultimately a warm affirmation of family despite dysfunction.
Gilded Balloon Teviot,, 1 - 25 Aug (not 11, 18), 6.45pm (7.45pm), prices vary, fpp 231
tw rating: 4/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival