Performance: Season 1, Episode 1

Absolute Hell (5 Oct. 1991)

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Black comedy set in Soho, London, right after WW2. Half of the fun is seeing a slew of very familiar faces kick up their heels as gay men, lesbians, party-girls, drunks, and drag queens.

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Christine Foskett
Susan Porrett ...
Doris, Christine's sister
Paul Birchard ...
Butch
Sylvia Barter ...
Julia Shillitoe
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Hugh Marriner
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Elizabeth Collier
Eileen Page ...
Mrs. Marriner, Hugh's mother
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Michael Crowley
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Sam Mitchum
Moyra Fraser ...
Lettice Willis
William Osborne ...
Cyril Clatworthy
Susan Brown ...
Bill
Betty Marsden ...
R. B. Monody
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Black comedy set in Soho, London, right after WW2. Half of the fun is seeing a slew of very familiar faces kick up their heels as gay men, lesbians, party-girls, drunks, and drag queens.

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it's absolutely hell
3 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Dame Judi Dench is magnificent as always, this play is dreadfully depressing about the lives of London life after WWII. But my biggest problem with it is the more than average homosexuality in the drama. While Dame Judi plays the tragic lonely heroine who would plead for the companionship of a homosexual. The play is rather a grim and depressing too watch. Surprisingly, I did watch most of it. But I have to say that Doris is the only one sane reasonable character. Granted, she is a sexually repressed character who uses sports as an escape. She is the only one who makes the proper observation about the barflys or members as escaping into alcoholism and sex.


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