Gloria: “Colin Morgan Stands Out” … “Sharp Satire”

Nimble performance: Colin Morgan in Gloria, Marc Brenner

First review of Gloria performances, Evening Standard: Colin Morgan stands out in a cast that is uniformly absorbing, writes Henry Hitchings.  (excerpt)

It begins in the New York offices of a magazine that’s in decline. Specifically, we’re among the junior editorial staff, who appear much more intent on bickering and bitching than on grappling with their menial tasks. Yet though they give the impression of laziness, they are fiercely ambitious — and also angry, because they’re crushed by the protocols and hierarchy of an industry that seems impervious to its own obsolescence.

The central character is Colin Morgan’s Dean, earnest and disappointed. Alongside him Kae Alexander’s nicely observed Kendra is image-conscious and competitive, and Ellie Kendrick convinces as nerdy, childlike Ani. Meanwhile Sian Clifford’s Gloria feels like a study of angsty isolation —

For reasons it would be unfair to divulge, events veer off in an entirely unexpected direction –

The ways people deal with trauma turn out to be more significant than the trauma itself. One involves converting it into a commodity, and there’s some especially sharp satire at the expense of publishers hungry for this kind of shonky artefact. While a few exchanges lack real zip, the performances are absorbing. The pick of them comes from Morgan, the most nimble among a cast full of shape-shifters.

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