Two Americans In Paris

Belleville, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★☆

By Chris Bridges Last edited 12 months ago

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Millennials get a raw deal; seen as the whiny, self-centred generation. The cliché is that they're overly serious and neurotic. Amy Herzog's psychodrama ignores trite generalisations and focuses incisively on some of the burdens of modern twenty/thirty-somethings.

Zack (James Norton) and Abby (Imogen Poots) are dislocated American newlyweds living the life they dreamt of in a bohemian Paris apartment. They're beautiful, funny and have sweet little nicknames for each other. She's a failed actor teaching yoga, he's a doctor with a worthy job. It should be perfect. It's clear, however from Imogen Poots' first entrance that something is seriously wrong. Naturally it gets worse. Hellishly worse.

It's not hard to see why James Norton is ubiquitous. He's a talented beast. His version of Zack is quietly creepy whilst simultaneously being utterly charming. Poots, fresh from a sublime turn as Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, is equally strong. She manages to make Abby both infuriating and wryly amusing in almost equal measures. The script is tight, funny and buttock-clenchingly tense and the acting is top notch. There's a minor issue of the plot, which doesn't quite satisfy but hell, with a production this polished that's a minor quibble. If you can get a ticket (hint: the Grantchester fans got there before you) then do.

Belleville, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street
, WC2H 9LX, £10-£40, Until 3 February 2018, (Monday to Saturday)

Tickets are limited but returns are released online and 'KLAXON' tickets are released on Mondays at 12pm. £10 standing tickets are also released daily at 10am. These can be booked online, over the phone or in person.

Last Updated 18 December 2017