Page 8, 10th November 1978

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Rival writers

That Michael Frayn, the author of Clouds, at the Duke of York's Theatre, is a journalist, is evident even to those who did not know it before seeing the play.

Unless you had been on a Press trip and had actually encountered the artificial situations of such occasions, it would be difficult to imagine them.

Although journalists may appreciate Mr Frayn's play even more than those who have never had to put pen to paper to earn a living, anyone can enjoy the witty dialogue and the ludicrousness of some of the happenings on such Press trips.

In this case, two writers, sent by two of the colour supplements of different newspapers, met in Cuba to report for their respective publications. The two representatives of rival publications, being male and female, are attracted to each other, despite the reservations first adopted by both.

The use of the simple setting of chairs reminded me of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town", which was written some 40 years earlier and had also used simplicity to great effect.

The first act is very amusing indeed, but in the interval 1 harboured doubts about the second act, and they were confirmed. It is really a one-act play.


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