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The Time of Your Life

Finborough Theatre
26 November - 21 December 2008
The Time of Your Life

The Time of Your Life

By William Saroyan

First Revival of Pulitzer Prize winning American/Armenian play since the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1983.

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“Book as soon as possible for this fascinating American play... The Finborough has, yet again, made a strong case for itself as one of the very best fringe theatres in London.”
 “The energy, the humanity, the yearning for innocence all still speak eloquently to a modern audience”
“Icarus Theatre Collective brings twenty-six actors to the tiny Finborough – making for a crowded curtain-call – and proving once again that fringe theatre can be as ambitious as any subsidized warehouse.”

-Claire Ingrams, Rogues and Vagabonds

“Because the play is so very good, the characters so rich, and all the wonderful absurdities of broken people with broken dreams all thrown together in this warm and cosy bar, you may well want to stay longer, have a drink with them, ignore the ticking clocks and as William Saroyan puts it; “live – so that you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”

-Hannah Kew, Whatsonstage

“This is the kind of consoling play we need right now, steeped in the sentimental belief that however far you fall there will always be a kindly soul who will give you a helping hand.”

-Jane Edwardes, Time Out

“This fine production of Saroyan’s intriguing play…An ambitious and intriguing production.”

-Mary Couzens, Extra Extra

“Do the actors and Max Lewendel’s production catch the generous, mournfully hopeful spirit of Saroyan’s scenes from this life? They most certainly do in this brave and striking enterprise.”

-Timothy Ramsden, Reviewsgate

“William Saroyan’s sprawling barroom play has a lot going for it; it’s warm and engaging, if practically plot-less, and has an endearing faith in human goodness.”

-Natasha Tripney, Music OMH

“Great entertainment!”

-Newsline

“Fine performances from the 26-strong cast.”
“Written in the same year as The Iceman Cometh, it emerges as a cheerier version of Eugene O'Neill, and a refreshing hymn to human goodness.”
“Saroyan's play has a genuine love of hobo eccentricity and convinces you that it really is a wonderful world...Saroyan creates moments of pure theatrical poetry.”

-Michael Billington, The Guardian

“There are unmistakable overtones of The Iceman Cometh as Saroyan’s sprawling, episodic structure introduces us to saloon owner Nick and his irregular regulars... Saroyan offers some wonderful character portraits.”

-Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

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