THE BEST PLAYS
Reunion (Hull Truck Theatre) John Godber's multi-layered comedy.
The Independent, 7 Jan 2003
Tue 14 Jan - Sat 18, Jan Wakefield Theatre Royal & Opera House. Hull Truck Theatre present John Godber's comedy set around the embarrassing world of the college reunion.
The Herald, 11/3/03
REALITY SHOW IN A CLASS OF IT'S OWN
This is most certainly, one of the funniest and original pieces the man has penned in years. It's directed with punchy aplomb and I cannot remember the last time the audience at this venue laughed so loudly, genuinely and communally. Even the high level of audience partisipation - usually a total anathema to sensitive theatregoers - is accepted whole heartedly.
The stunning trio of Gill Jephcott, Kiki Kendrick and Fiona Wass play a host of characters from Jack's past. The cast, however can barely put a foot wrong thanks to the quality of the script.
Reunion never at any point feels anything other than painfully real.
Hilarious, must see stuff. Here's to the West End transfer.
Dave Windass, The Stage, Dec 5 2002
Imagine a mixture of Blind Date and Big Brother with a dash of Jerry Springer thrown in for good messure and you'll realise why this show is such a success. Written and directed by Godber, this new work sees him well and truly back on form. The premise is that contestants for the television game with highest ratings are reunited with classmates from yesteryear - among them there's his glamorous ex girlfriend, nicely played by Kiki Kendrick, who is the catalyst to his potential mid-life crisis. It's extremely funny and the audience participation went down a treat. Don't miss out on this hilarious reunion.
Natalie Anglesey, Manchester Evening News
GODBER GAME FOR A LAUGH
By the end of the evening, it really felt as though we were a studio audience watching a real-live recording. With a fine ensemble cast including Kiki Kendrick, and a lovely tapestry of overlapping scenes, this was a treat. The boy Godber done it again! ****
REUNION LEAVES YOU EXHAUSTED
This wonderfully cynical, funny and moving production adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable evening of live theatre. On this emotionally-charged journey through the 90 minute show he encounters his long lost first love, Heather Wood (convincingly played by Kiki Kendrick). In this multi-layered comedy every member of the cast performs brilliantly. It certainly beats watching the telly.
Alastair Robinson, What's On, 20 March 2003
GODBER'S GAME FOR A LAUGH
Whenever Godber produces new work it is always worth a look. He has an uncanny knack of poking fun, providing genuine belly laughs and yet making a serious point to his work. Reunion takes a fairly vicious swipe at TV's 'reality' shows. All parts are impressively played by five actors. Last night's packed audience at the Octagon lapped it up. This is an entertaining night out, with many funny moments.
Beverley Greenberg, This is Bolton, Feb, 2003
GAME FOR A SHOW WITH A TWIST
Expect the unexpected in this cleverly directed piece of theatre, where the audience is not passive, but an integral part of the action. He meets his girlfriend from the past - but is Heather (Kiki Kendrick) the Heather he once knew 20 years ago? Take it from me after "Reunion" things will never be the same again.
Gina Hobbs, This is Hull, Dec 4, 2002
SKELETONS IN JACK'S CUPBOARD PLAYS IT FOR LAUGHS
The play pushes the boundaries of comic reality as only John Godber knows how. A hilarious and embarrassing world of entertainment awaits when you play Reunion.
ONE TITTER SHORT OF A BELLY LAUGH
With reality game shows all the rage, what better topic to pick for a comedy. The characters are all beautifully crafted and the acting is superb.
Aasma Day, Lancaster Evening Post
A storming brand new comedy from one of the nations leading playwrights - not to be missed! Have you got skeletons in your cupboard? Have you got the guts to go back?
Thesp's Theatre Talk