The Man Who Pays the Piper
BY GB STERN
13 March 2013 — 13 April 2013
Daily Telegraph, The Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Time Out
"the current clever programming at the Orange Tree... has unearthed a bit of a gem in The Man Who Pays the Piper... The relationship between the couple, and between Daryll and her chaotic, Mitford-esque family, is rendered with both verve and subtlety by director Helen Leblique."
Laura Thompson, Daily Telegraph
"Helen Leblique's sparkling revival of The Man Who Plays The Piper, a shrewd and delightful... 1931 comedy by G B Stern"
Paul Taylor, Independent
"Mullins is excellent as the conflicted Darryl, brilliant, generous, and exuding elegant, waspish wit to the very tips of her fingernails. A sharp, stylish provocation."
Sam Marlowe, The Times
"The too-often overlooked Orange Tree always has a sure touch with theatrical rediscoveries. They’ve hit on another winner with this 1930 drama from GB (Gladys Bronwen) Stern, one of the most prolific female writers of the 20th century. Stern’s sophisticated examination of gender roles, economic power and the pressures of the working world rings just as true some 83 years later."
Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
"Deirdre Mullins's outstanding performance as Daryll. Tall, blonde and striking... there is first-rate support from Emily Tucker as Daryll's flighty sister, Christopher Ravenscroft as her bullying father and Stuart Fox as an out-of-work popular musician"
Michael Billington, The Guardian
"It’s great fun and in Helen Leblique’s vibrant production the jokes come as fast as the jibes. Infused with the glamour and rapier wit that defined Evelyn Waugh’s Bright Young Things, Stern presents a delightfully landscaped battlefield for her heroine."
Honour Bayes, Time Out