The Dry House review: Not the dispiriting experience you might expect | Theatre | Entertainment

They both talk to Heather (Carla Langley), a young girl who drops in from time to time to bring news that she’s passed her driving test. It is the last day of drink for Chrissy before Claire takes her into rehab – the Dry House of the title – and she is preparing herself for a life without booze.

On a single set of a depressing suburban living room, strewn with empty beer cans and wine bottles, the two sisters squabble and talk – how they talk! – until various truths are revealed.

It is no surprise to learn that Heather is the ghost of Chrissy’s daughter who was killed in a car crash on the day she passed her test.

Directed by the playwright himself, it is a solid piece of theatre, threaded with mordant humour (“Are you trying to get me drunk?”) beautifully designed by Niall McKeever and delivered by a trio of stunning actors.

A natural storyteller, O’Hare allows each character a monologue – rather like a solo in the middle of a musical trio – that is well written but breaks the play’s illusion of naturalism.

Marylebone Theatre until May 6 Tickets: 020 7723 7984

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