Theatre Review: How (not) to Live in Suburbia @ Soho Theatre
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Annie Siddons' new autobiographical show How (not) to Live in Suburbia is currently playing at the Soho Theatre before touring in the Autumn to venues including Harlow Playhouse, Norwich Arts Centre and Luton Hat Factory. The play focuses on a time in her life when she was a single mum living in Twickenham, the most married place in London, and her awkward attempts to fit in. The small space is a perfect, intimate venue for Annie to tell her story. With the help of videos directed by Richard DeDome, How (not) to Live in Suburbia is poignant, hilarious, crude and charming. It’s hard to comprehend that a dark play about being horribly lonely can be funny and charming but thanks to our writer and leading lady; she’s achieved more than just this. The play is written wonderfully, with just Annie addressing us most of the time; she’s written poetically, realistically and her delivery doesn’t feel like a person talking at you for an hour. She holds the audience in the palm of her hand, ready to hear the next quip or honest description. Her poetic descriptions of her lifelong love, London, are a delight. This paired with the video visuals gets the audience share this love. She successfully lets us in without praying for pity.
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