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"Play for Today" Schmoedipus (1974)

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Dark and enticing ...

Author: columbia2453 from U.S.A.
19 March 2001

A very sexy as well as chilling piece concerning the mind and mystery. A mild housewife discovers a man who claims to be her long-lost son and welcomes him into her home, only to doubt his convictions and seemingly place herself in what appears to be a position of danger. A clever twist concludes this brilliant U.K. TV movie.

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Twists and trains

9/10
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom
11 April 2011

One of the strongest Play for Todays, this odd play by Dennis Potter concerns Liz, a mild-mannered housewife; her train-made husband Tom, bored to tears in his scientific office; and a mysterious stranger called Glen.

In the twists and turns of this plot we learn about all three of them, and the tangled web of secrets, lies and games which pulls them together.

Not unreminiscent of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, this play is sweet, sexy, disturbing, and ultimately tense, and boasts strong performances from Anna Cropper and Tim Curry as the 'mother' and 'son' in the case.

Rarely seen these days, this play was remade for the screen as Track 29 in 1988, with Gary Oldman in the Tim Curry role. This, too, has become rather obscure. A pity, as Schmoedipus is a clever piece, witty, charming, and with an undercurrent of pure evil. Curry would of course become very well-known as Frank 'n Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a part which suited his odd looks and demeanour perfectly.

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