Review: Chin-Chin @ New TheatreÂ
I certainly won't be raising my glass to this play. It was a comedy with very little humour and a story that has been done on numerous occasions. Felicity Kendal was ill and was replaced by the understudy, which was already a bad start to the evening. You do like to see the star and it is always a disappointment when they don't show.
PamÃ©la and Grimaldi discover that both their partners are having an affair with each other. This then results in the predicable 'Will these two characters get together?' plot. This at times was highly uninteresting and riddled with bad humour which barely brought a smile to my mouth. The ending was highly flippant and inconsiderate to PamÃ©la's son, Bobby.
Simon Callow is the best part of a show, as ever. But his take on an Italian accent left little to the imagination. Why anybody would fall in love with this character is a mystery. The portal of the drunken slob is well persevered here but there was nothing to engage with.
Sonia Savill was the understudy and did a fairly good job. But she has tried to sound too much like Kendall, to compensate the fact we are not watching Kendall. Much applause was for her at the curtain and rightly so, to a point.
This was not worth bracing the British weather for.