100-Word Review: “Merrily We Roll Along” at Harold Pinter Theatre

Merrily We Roll AlongThe sign of a good Sondheim production is when you’re not terrified for the actors. The complex and twisted lyrics, overlapping story and emotional beats, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them plot details: it’s a juggling act. “Merrily”, a tragedy wrapped up in laughs, unfolds the story of three friends in the aftermath of success — and winds the clock back until we see (akin to a song-and-dance Memento) how they all met in the first place. An across the board stunning cast, but Jenna Russell triumphs as plain novelist Mary Flynn, vacillating between acerbic one-liners and unrequited longing without missing a syllable. See it.

Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre, just off Leicester Square: tickets here.

Tickets: £10-£59.50


About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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