When a big name actress such as Kathleen Turner (star of Body Heat and Romancing The Stone) comes to the London stage there is always a rush to get tickets. Given that Turner is such a well-known name, one hopes that she would choose a play in which to show off her talent.
In Bakersfield Mist Kathleen plays Maude, a gritty unemployed bartender living in a trailer park. She buys a painting in junk shop, which she believes is a Jackson Pollock, worth millions.
In this two hander, Lionel Percy played by Ian McDiarmid is the pompous world-class expert who flies in from New York to authenticate the painting.
While the acting is excellent, parts of the story written by Stephen Sachs, and the character of Lionel Percy are hardly plausible. At one point Percy gets very drunk but within seconds regains his equilibrium. Given his character, it is also incredibly unlikely that a person as pompous as he is portrayed to be, would allow himself to act in such a preposterous manner.
The one and three-quarter hour play runs without an interval at the Duchess Theatre, just off the Aldwych, for a limited season to 30 August.
£10 front-row day seats are available from the Box Office in person on the day of the performance.
www.bakersfieldmist.com Box office 0844 412 4659
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