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Some Kind of Bliss
By Nicole Watson
Briers plays Rachel, an average journalist whose assignment is to interview pop legend and icon Lulu. The journey should be simple- travel from her flat in London to Luluís home in Greenwich. To escape her husband, Rachel leaves the house early and so her day begins. According to Rachel, there is nothing wrong with Geoffrey except for the fact that he is lovely—too lovely and too simple for someone who dreams of David Bowie.
We first meet Rachel as she is standing outside Luluís house, "after Iíd had the electric sex, got clobbered, killed the dog and parked the hijacked ice-cream van." From there the play weaves back and forth in time from Rachelís childhood days spent with her small-time rock star Uncle Stevie to the walk to Luluís house. Briers plays all of the characters including Geoffrey, Uncle Stevie, a 16 year old prostitute, and Dr. Felix, and old college flame.
Rachelís journey to Luluís allows her to muse about loves, true and otherwise, as well as failed, and failing relationships. Underneath all of it, it seems that Rachelís biggest problem is her relationship with the men in her life. While this may not be a new topic, Rachelís lack of sentimentality and her sheer confidence even as she barrels willingly into her mistakes is a breath of fresh air.
Adamsonís writing is fresh and one wishes to be on the streets of London with Rachel. Given Adamsonís attention to detail and the specificity of Rachelís pilgrimage, it was a shame that the set was just a few wooden planks on which Briers could traverse.
Briers moves seamlessly from one moment to the next, from ecstasy to despair and back again. The pop legend Lulu become irrelevant as Rachel is the one you want to watch.
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