Springfield Theatre, London N11
Opened 27 June, 1991

Arnold Wesker's trio of'monologues hasn't stood the test of time so well. Its observations on the expectations made of women remain true, but have become truistic into the bargain: their expression now verges on the parodic. Lorraine Molins' Annie, a simple hag with a heart of gold, doesn't pretend to be contemporary her appearance out of the past brings unkind echoes of music-hall stereotypes; Joanne Richards' Anna is loud for a little studio space: Shani Solomons has more sympathetic material in which to make the exaggerations of her performance work, but it's still not quite enough. There's a pervasive feeling of the actresses following cues rather than finding characteristics within themselves. All this doesn't make Annie Wobbler a bad production, but it excites no more than faint praise.

Written for City Limits magazine.

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