Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Daddy; Say Yes to Tess; A Good Time Was Had By All; The Fever Syndrome

Thursday, 31st March — By Lucy Popescu


Alexandra Gilbreath and Robert Lindsay in The Fever Syndrome at Hampstead Theatre

JEREMY O Harris’s Daddy is at the Almeida until April 30. A Bel-Air tale of love and family, where intimacy is a commodity and the surreal gets real. A young black artist meets an older white art collector. A gospel choir emerges from an infinity pool. A mother stops at nothing to save her son’s soul.

Say Yes to Tess, a new musical comedy, runs at Camden People’s Theatre from April 5-16. It’s billed as an uplifting true story of activism, Yorkshire grit and learning to vote for yourself. Tess has moved back to Leeds after a break up. Temping at a call centre and trying to survive a frosty house-share, she’s feeling lost, until she meets the Yorkshire Party and decides to stand in the 2017 UK General Election. Tess takes the party’s passion for people, park & rides and Yorkshire devolution to the streets, finding friends in unlikely places. But with the General Election approaching, she wonders whether she’s doing the right thing.

• An unpredictable show that changes every night, A Good Time Was Had By All by Sam Smithson plays at The Hope Theatre from April 5-23. A group of university friends reunite over dinner with lots to catch up on. One’s getting married, one’s working for the BBC, one’s just returned from a war zone. But when the group discover a troubling secret about one of their oldest friends, they must come to a difficult decision. This darkly satirical play explores justice and who has access to it.

James Woolf’s new comedy, Jo and Sam find Themselves in Woking, plays at the Hen & Chickens Theatre from April 5-23. When millennials, Jo and Sam, meet at the Lightbox Gallery, they find they have more to discuss than art. But will they stay together as a couple when the world around them is falling apart and can they find meaning in Woking?

• Alexis Zegerman’s The Fever Syndrome, is at Hampstead Theatre until April 30. Robert Lindsay stars as Prof. Richard Myers, the great IVF innovator, who is virtually a secular saint because of the thousands of babies he has created. His family gather to see him receive a lifetime achievement award. This fractious group are more accustomed to debate than empathy, so it’s not long before their Manhattan family home is alive with dispute and how best to care for their ailing father.

Dirty Hearts by Paul Murphy is at the Old Red Lion Theatre from April 5-30. Simon wants a better world. Laura knows it’s not so easy. Ben always weighs the cost. Julienne knows every decision has a price. Love, friendship and a $150million painting. But which of them is the real thing? Described as a darkly comic exploration of love, friendship, truth and morality.

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