The Maintenance Man
This fast-paced, beautifully acted three hander by Richard Harris played in the intimate surroundings of the Eye Theatre in Suffolk for two weeks. This bittersweet comedy follows the changing fortunes of Bob – part-time writer, full-time loser – his ex-wife and his new girlfriend. He finds that love, unlike the shelves he continually puts up in their two houses, is not so easily fixed.
Going back and forward in time to days of happiness or heartbreak, this first-rate play was given a top notch interpretation by three outstanding young actors, the sensitivity of whose performances was given all the more attention by the production being staged in the tiny but well-regarded Eye theatre.
With the 85 seats arranged on three sides, and the stage no more than four steps deep and eight wide, this was easily the smallest show Benet had ever directed but was among the most enjoyable of his career. The enthusiastic reactions from audiences and critics alike did justice to a tightly performed, exceptionally well acted show.