The 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.