At every year’s end there’s a rush to nominate and then vote for the UK Critics’ Circle Drama Awards, and every year I suffer from the same sudden memory failure. What and whom have I seen in 2009 that merits a gong? Good though my short-term memory is for the details of performances and sets, by a few days after the review has appeared I’m fortunate if I can remember the name of the play or its author. This gives me an opportunity, though not always a welcome one, to try to look through my year’s output. This would be easier if only I had had the sense to organise my Wall Street Journal theatre reviews by their date (which is my easy-to-keep New Year’s resolution).
rass solo – which was also the closest the play got to portraying the real Humphrey. I had a feeling of unfinished business: I think there’s a great play in there, struggling to get out, when Bennett gets around to the re-write.