Play. David Hare
When Irina Platt embarks on her first case as a lawyer, she finds that all sections of the criminal justice system - police, courts and prisons - are running far from smoothly. With its large multicultural cast and contemporary settings ranging from prison interiors to the Inns of Court, Murmuring Judges presents a broad yet finely detailed picture not only of the judicial system but of British society in the 1990s.
(in Cinzano). Ludmila Petrushevskaya. Trans S. Mulrine
A realistic, domestic drama,
set in a Moscow apartment block, tells the story of two interrelated families.
Their lives are depressingly full of problems, but the individuals are
drawn with great warmth and understanding.
Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.
Thriller/Farce - John Bishop
Under the guise of a backer's
audition for their new musical, the production team of a recent Broadway
flop assemble at an isolated country mansion to try to piece together
the identity of the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher", who murdered three
of the chorus girls in the show. While a blizzard rages outside and the
composer, lyricist, director and actors prepare for their performances,
the Slasher reappears, striking again - and again, and again!
Having achieved recognition
and some success as a playwright, after a long period of struggle and
apprenticeship, Scott has undergone a breakdown and memory loss. Released
from a hospital in Los Angeles, he is taken in by Greg and Laura, the
young couple with whom he had been living before his illness. Greg, who
is concerned and sympathetic, had hoped to produce the brilliant new play
(now apparently lost) which Scott had written before his memory lapse;
while Laura, seemingly cold and calculating, is an actress who had starred
in Scott's earlier plays. Also present is Carol, a beautiful young actress
whom Scott had brought with him from New York some months earlier. The
interaction of these four, their differing versions of Scott's life before
his breakdown, form the intriguing heart of the play, and lead to its
surprising conclusion - in which Scott, without regaining his memory,
comes to understand more about himself, his past, and his supposed friends,
than he did before his senses failed.