Ross and Rachel, The Lowry, Salford
Definitely not one to see on a first date, James Fritz’s play clinically dissects a couple’s relationship in 50 minutes flat.
It’s already been acclaimed in Edinburgh and New York and is now on a short UK tour.
The hopes, dreams, and horrors, of a modern young couple are laid bare as their lives are stretched to an almost unbearable breaking point in a thoroughly disquieting drama.
Young actress Molly Vevers (right) inhabits both characters to churn out a stream of conscious and unconscious exchanges between them. She performs it all around, and ultimately in, a shallow pool of water – the dramatic significance of which becomes all too clear as the relationship moves towards a harrowing conclusion.
The performance has already won her one significant award and its literally immersive quality assures Vevers of a bright career path.
Fritz’s play occasionally bears a passing resemblance to Constellations, seen here last year, and also dealing in the emotional fallout of love, life and loss, but it also marks him out as an assertive and exciting young playwright.