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Harper Regan by Simon Stephens at the Tabard Theatre

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Through a series of about ten encounters, the almost sociopathic heroine goes back to Stockport to see her dying father because she has never told him she loves him. Among the supporting cast, Brian Capron as a kindly pick-up, Susan Brown as Harper's formidable mother, and Nitin Kundra, in a comic cameo of exceptional grace and humour, shine particularly brightly. You might also enjoy other by Jenny. We first meet Harper as she is attempting to get a short leave from her bizarrely overbearing boss, played by Hardee Lineham with a mix of whimsy and menace. The vain, self-indulgent heroine is a terrific part terrifically played in the version I saw , but the play's flaws in plotting and long periods of slow, boring musing about nothing at all make the whole experience a bit dull. She apparently loves him but is quite happy to disappear for two days, leaving the poor man frantic with worry.

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Rick On Theater: 'Harper Regan'

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When she gets back, he happily accepts her perfunctory apologies and wedded bliss returns. Because it made sense, we doubled up on some of the characters; the nurse and her daughter, the husband and the lover and her boss and stepfather. McCann is 41 and, when the play begins, has just learned that her father is dying. Harper Regan is the major new play by the National Theatre's resident dramatist, Simon Stephens, and will be directed by Marianne Elliott, current holder of the Evening Standard Theatre award for best director. After her own near-death experience, Harper throws caution to the wind and finally lives life for herself. The sudden and in my view artistically misjudged bout of graphic violence doesn't shape the rest of the heroine's odyssey. Harper meets several men — by a canal, in a pub, in a hotel room by arrangement.

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'Harper Regan' review: She's battling her demons

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The drama becomes an acutely perceptive and compassionate study of a brave and likeable woman trying to make sense of her life after it has been blighted by several different kinds of crisis. Harper Regan lets us go into the mind of a woman on the verge of a breakdown and lets us see the manifestation of that fracturing, but it also allows us to see how people can recover and forgive. I know nothing of Stephens's own journey through life, but watching this wise play I was often reminded of nuggets of wisdom I've benefited from during counselling sessions at the Priory and meetings of Alcholics Anonymous. Gareth Saxe does a commendable job with a severely neglected role, ironic if it was originally intended to be the title part. What Is the Story of Harper Regan? Regan's position that she did not say anything that was anti-Semitic in nature, and further believe that Ms. I really should be more careful - drinking and saying yes simply do not mix! Harper Regan is mostly a series of unsettling dialogues with those that Harper encounters on her trip up and down England.

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Harper Regan by Simon Stephens

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Why she doesn't tell her husband or daughter is more mysterious, as is the reason she hasn't spoken to her mother in 20 years. While she has done well enough, a starring role still eluded her. I had to get one for each performance, 2 for dress rehearsals and 2 spares. Most of the scenes consist of dialogue between Harper and one other character, though there are variations in the form. Along the way, Harper doesn't exactly discover secrets about her husband and father, but acknowledges and perhaps even accepts truths that she's just been avoiding eye contact with for years.

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Rick On Theater: 'Harper Regan'

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In between lie all the rest of the published critical response. The plot follows the breaking up or breaking out, depending on how you look at it, of Harper Regan, 40-ish, middle-class and troubled. And Brown is the only reviewer to age poor Harper from 41 to 43. What hides deeply in our minds and how tragedies can make those thoughts to become our reality. For this, I had to take a train out to Pinewood Studios and indulge in expensive sugar glasses that were about 20 bucks each.

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Harper Regan: bittersweet drama of family life

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The lighting technical rehearsal always takes a long time as the actors need to be there and walk through their moves so that you can place props and light their faces. She has a face that alternates between the plain and the radiant, and her progress from haunted loss of self-esteem, through emotional and sexual adventures, to the final moving impression of a woman who has finally made peace with herself and those she loves, is conveyed with spontaneity, grace and searching emotional truth. Leading the charge in practically every scene, Happisburgh is mesmerising as Harper, imbuing the character with a hint of Northern edge and dash of vulnerability in equal measure. Yes, the play is built on that most banal of clichés. What hides deeply in our minds and how tragedies can make those thoughts to become our reality. She weaves her way though the death of her father, a brief internet induced sexual encounter and reconciliation with her mother.

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REVIEW: Harper Regan (Steep Theatre) : Chicago Theater Beat

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Stephens's approach to dramatic storytelling as a movement toward recognition and realization is Greek in that way. Harper learns how important it is to tell people you love them, but also that there is no point in nursing feelings of regret, fear and guilt. Butts in seats absorb the sound so it is always a bit of guesswork. I was fascinated, I was shocked and it made me thinking. Through a series of about ten encounters, the almost sociopathic heroine goes back to Stockport to see her dying father because she has never told him she loves him. There's nothing hard to understand about why Harper Regan walks away from her London job and heads for Manchester. Mahesh Aslam Joseph Langdon , an apprentice to Duncan Woolley Philip Gill , are both in Scene Eight, for instance, but in no other scenes.

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Theatre review: Harper Regan / Cottesloe, London

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Social media had to be fed information every day and that was time consuming. Her journey becomes a road trip through the heart of England in this violent and comic exploration of the moralities of sex and death. Why Harper and her mum are at odds. The issues on both sides of the divide were basically the same ones raised by Brantley, Vincentelli, and me. It made me thinking about the darkest corners of the human beings. But, ironically, Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post, seems to have seen the production I caught.

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