My lecturer recommended this play and it became on of those books you place at the back of your bookcase and forget about. During a recent clear out… I came across this play and decided to give it a go. I deeply regret not reading it sooner!
I have read numerous reviews that focus on the repetition throughout the play as something they disliked and found irritating to read, however without it, the play would not make sense. I loved the idea of having multiple universes and possibilities. The concept that free will may not exist is not something that we often think about therefore it created an interesting twist.
The two characters, Roland and Marianne, are quite a normal couple. They fall in love and fight. They make up and marry. Each time a new chapter of their lives begins we see the situation not only from both perspectives but also with differences in personality. They have an argument throughout the play and in one case it was Marianne in the wrong. In a parallel universe, it is Roland who is in the wrong. The interesting thing was that in each scenario the outcome was either the same or similar.
The dialogue throughout this play carries so much emotion that you cannot help but want to know what happens to both the characters at the very end. I believe this play is like marmite – you either love it or hate it!