The brash young playwright Roy Williams urges a drastic safety measure for girls likely to fall hard in the sex war: no boys, they're more trouble than they're worth. But this is not to undervalue the reach of an ambitious piece of writing in which our two embittered heroines journey into their psyches and back to their childhood to watch - and be confronted by - their younger selves.
Promising newcomer Indhu Rubasingham directs with some assurance, although a more experienced director could have handled Anni Domingo better and so prevented the type of declamatory acting (the flashing eyes and overplayed patois) that so often bedevils black productions. But don't let that put you off. Once she's settled, Domingo's a treat and you will wonder at the work of the designers Chris Davey and Rosa Maggiora who, for the introspection scenes, bring the magic of cinema to theatre.
As Abigail, the very talented Dona Croll is well supported by a hardworking cast and she puts in a fine comic performance, moving from cowed widow to angry mother with a baseball bat. But Williams saves some of his best lines for the passages of self-communion, and you're tickled when the young Abi, played by Ashley Miller, learns that she's grown to love and marry Teddy Carter. A feminist full toss.
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