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Theatre: Paul Bailey reviews Mosquitoes and Girl from the North Country

Arts | By Paul Bailey | September Issue

Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes at the Dorfman Theatre is a work of sometimes startling ambition. It could be described, with a certain accuracy, as two plays in one – a play of ideas, in which theories about the inevitable destruction of the planet take precedence over theatrical conflict; and a domestic drama of an especially piercing kind, with old and new familial grievances given vivid expression. Despite the fact that the two halves never quite cohere, Mosquitoes is, all in all, a rewarding experience. There are two settings: Geneva, where Alice, a respected physicist, has worked for eleven years at the CERN laboratories on the Large Hadron Collider; and Luton, the family homestead, where Jenny, Alice’s sister, is caring for their mother, Karen, herself a noted scientist, who is su ering the twin indignities of incontinence and dementia. Alice does not wear her cleverness lightly, most notably when she is reminding...

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