Gorky's 'CHILDREN OF THE SUN' had its British premiere at the Aldwych Theatre.
THERE is undoubtedly
a good sort of a play buried somewhere in "The Children of the Sun"
the Maxim Gorky tragi-comedy of 1905 at the Aldwych.
is warm humour in Norman Rodway's absurd amateur chemist, a likeable dolt
whose silly test-tubes drive his neglected wife (Carmen Du Sautoy
excellent) to toy with a lover, and drives to distraction the rich, ramshackle
widow so touchingly brought to life by Natasha Parry.
......And Alan Howard, in a performance of immense charm, discovers great humanity in the cynical vet who, when rejected by Sinead Cusack's neurotic girl, simply hangs himself.
......But the drama is woefully short of incident. Gorky keeps whipping up these people into rowdy declarations often out of character about the Children of the Sun who will create some vague splendid future for the world, and who totally for get the impoverished masses banging at their gates and the new industrialists avid to buy them all up.
John Shrapnel, Alan Howard, Carmen Du Sautoy,
Sinead Cusack & Norman Rodway