Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781840022872
Binding: PaperBack

The Mentalists

Richard Bean

PaperBack (01 Jun 2002)

War, poverty, corruption, spiralling taxes, bad behaviour, inter-personal violence and over-population. Do these things worry you?
Middle-aged manager Ted, hits on a utopian plan to change the way we live in this darkly funny play.

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ISBN13 9781840022872
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96


'Bean is making merry here with his experience as both a stand-up comedian and a sit-down psychologist. What's particularly impressive is his ability to suspend a joke or tall tale's pay-off, or end it in an unexpected way... I now find myself impatiently awaiting the next new Bean feast, and I think the revivals of his early work - Toast at the Park, and now this play - only serve to underline his pre-eminence in our theatre.' What's On Stage ★★★★

'A successful conversational, ruminative piece that dramatises the mutual dependency of old friends... this oddest of “Odd Couple” comedies.' The Independent ★★★★

'It seems obvious that any show that brings such a great comic team together will be hilarious and the show most certainly lives up to expectations. The plot focuses on their friendship and the execution of Ted’s plan. There are countless fantastic jokes... Neither character follows through expectations from their introduction until the show’s end... This is a dark comedy with a unique take on the importance of friendship and getting through life. The entire run is echoed by audience’s laughter throughout and makes for a really fantastic night out at the theatre.' A Younger Theatre

The Mentalists confirms Richard Bean as a writer of beguiling originality, with a gift for both laugh-out-loud dialogue and a sympathetic understanding of the darker recesses of the human heart.’ Telegraph

The Mentalists …turns out to be an original and beguiling piece about obsession and the peculiar demands of male friendship…Bean’s climax, when it comes, may not carry total conviction but what it reveals is that this is a play about mutual dependence.’ Guardian

‘For the beautifully performed double act and the hilariously meandering dialogue, this is a theatrical hotel room worth checking into.’ Independent