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Theatre review: It's Always Right Now, Until it's Later 
19th-Oct-2011 11:26 pm
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Stand-up comedian Daniel Kitson's monologue It's Always Right Now, Until it's Later is a sometimes extraordinary piece of storytelling theatre, with a deceptively simple premise. Two life stories are told, a man's and a woman's, through very specific, seemingly insignificant moments of their lives - sometimes shortly before or after something life-changing happens to them, but often just moments that define who they are and what their lives mean. Alternating between the two stories, the woman's is told from birth to death, the man's in reverse order, meeting - though not literally, the two never speak to each other - somewhere in the middle. Thirty light bulbs hang at irregular intervals across the stage, each one lighting up to represent the moment Kitson is narrating at the time. It's a simple but striking design that lends a lot to this celebration of the ordinary, which is almost, but not quite, spellbinding. Sometimes the show feels on the verge of being incredibly moving but for me and cjg1 it never quite got there. It is, though, consistently funny, Kitson's shambling storytelling style throwing in some brilliant observations and a unique turn of phrase that made for a lot of laugh-out loud moments. He speaks incredibly quickly, which only aggravates a stammer that occasionally flares up (he took a moment out to admit it was worse than usual tonight; he also had a cold) but gives the delivery a sense of urgency that fits the theme of appreciating the moment. If it weren't already sold out I'd recommend it as it's very entertaining and has a certain beauty to it and the show borders on, without quite delivering, genius.

It's Always Right Now, Until it's Later by Daniel Kitson is in repertory until the 22nd of December at the National Theatre's Lyttelton (returns only.)
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