Review: Who fixes the fixer in thriller The Peregrine, Stockwell Playhouse
New York playwright Philip Holt's new play The Peregrine is a thriller set in Argentina where protagonist Paul (Christopher Sherwood) is a fixer of the gun-toting kind.
He wears sharp suits and stays in nice hotels and has come a long way from his childhood in the slums from where he was plucked, educated and trained by svengali Memo (Sprague Theobald).
Past catching up?
But as he searches for his past will his past catch up with him? Can the fixer be fixed and who fixes the fixer?
The play is a game of chess as the chess boards randomly stuck on the piled, packing-crate set pointedly remind us.
Paul tries to stay one step ahead of his own mission and one step ahead of that of others - he isn't the only street-urchin Memo has raised up and trained for less than legal activities.
Holt's script is at times baggy with metaphor - particularly references to hunting and prey - which does have a tendency to draw out tension rather than add to it.
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