After the huge success of French playwright Florian Zeller’s The Father last year, his early work The Truth had its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the Wyndhams Theatre. Unlike The Father, The Truth is certainly a comedy, though it’s sharp, witty and well put together, and there are enough twists and turns to keep it from being shallow.
Michel (Alex Hanson) is having an affair with his best friend’s wife Alice (Frances O’Connor). His friend Paul (Robert Portal) and wife Laurence (Tanya Franks) are blissfully ignorant, as far as he knows. However, throughout the play he begins to discover that he is not the only one with a secret.
You are kept on the edge of your seat wondering what the real truth of the matter is, and trying to work out who is being honest and who is bluffing. Hanson has a charm and an appeal to make you root for him despite his distinctly amoral approach to married life, and there are good performances from the rest of the cast.
While far from being as deep and meaningful as The Father, The Truth is an amusing comedy that provides a good night out.