written by David Hare and Mathew Beard
starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy
Golden Theatre – June 14, 2015
💉💉💉💉 out of 5.
This is going to sound a bit crude but watching this show seemed to me a very literate and brilliantly played out feasting on the Animal Channel. Crude I know – – but the constant clashing of horns for both the materialist, Bill Nighy, and the newly drafted idealist, Carey Mulligan was a scary thing.
Early in the evening Kyra (Carey Mulligan) puts a pot of Bolognese on the stove (literally food on the stove) and literally heats it for all of the audience to watch and smell. This meal cooks and cooks and when finally served we can only guess how hot it gets and how severely it burns the tongue.
At its simplest, Skylight is the story of an old rich married man with a sickly wife who befriends and later woos a much younger woman. The secret plays out for a long time until the death of the wife and conscious of the younger woman kicks in. Now, separated, they join on this rainy night to rekindle (?) what could have been, or might be, or hasn’t a chance of being.
It was very scary to watch the match up here. The language was so brilliantly sharp and you couldn’t find two better actors/swords to wield against each other.
On a funny note, one of my teenage students with me found it totally unbelievable that a man as OLD as he was could ever have a relationship with someone as YOUNG as she was. “What could possibly drive them together?”
Patience young teenager – life will reveal stranger things then this.