Set in contemporary New York City, Going Up tells the story of Simone and Jack, two people who couldn’t be more different, yet find themselves trapped together in a hotel lift that breaks down. Cue the claustrophobia, panic attacks, casual homophobia… and the occasional bout of dancing. Yep, bet you weren’t expecting that last one!
Written by Penny Jackson, Going Up brings a disarmingly funny, and unexpectedly heartwarming comedy to the Dublin stage at Club na Múinteoirí / the Teachers’ Club. Both actors are superb, with a natural chemistry that makes you presume they’ve been a dynamic duo for years. The scriptwriting captures the New York vibes very well, showing how people can be connected with each other, despite living in their own worlds.
With a relatively short performance time, it’s understandable that because so much takes place in the story, the development of the characters goes a little too fast to be realistic. This is especially true of Jack, who goes from a self-proclaimed “sleazy” guy with mildly homophobic opinions to an apparent advocate of equality in a short space of time. Despite this, the overall sentiment reigns supreme here, showing that even New Yorkers can find friendship in strangers.
Heartwarming, charming and laugh-out-loud funny, this British-American production is definitely bound to warm the audience on a cool Dublin evening. Make the effort to go, and be sure to leave with a smile on your face.
Going Up runs at the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, until Saturday May 9
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