Review: All New People
Zach Braff scrubs up for his London theatrical debut...
Set in a Long Island beach house in midwinter, the play begins with Charlie trying to hang himself before being interrupted by a succession of characters - Emma (Eve Myles), a British estate agent trying to rent the beach house and secure herself a green card, Myron (Paul Hilton), the local fire chief and drug dealer, and escort Kim (Susannah Fielding), who has been hired for Charlie in an attempt to cheer him up.
Despite Charlie's angry attempts to remove the visitors and get back to the matter in hand, the trio make themselves at home, and proceed to reveal their individual back stories through a series of filmed cutaways, while getting increasingly trashed on drink and drugs.
Over the course of 90 minutes, the play repeatedly veers between farce, slapstick and angst - proving as skittish as the characters increasingly become as they reveal their inner demons to each other.
The strong cast perform well, with Hilton shining in particular, and despite the over-the-top nature of their characters all four leads manage to bring a genuine emotional resonance to their roles amid the often knockabout plot.
All New People is playing at the Duke of York's, London, until 28 April.