Fairview certainly isn't a forgettable play. It's been a few weeks since I saw it but I'm only now getting to my review and while some details have faded others remain crystal clear.
Before I launch into my thoughts, I'll caveat this by saying there may be spoilers in this review, don't read on if that annoys you; I did toy with the idea of writing a spoiler-free version but would rather give free rein to my thoughts, on this occasion.
The closest comparison I can make for Fairview is the Almeida's Mr Burns a few years ago which I didn't get on with brilliantly.
And while it has elements that are problematic, I found Fairview more engaging and powerful than Anne Washburn's play.
It is set in the home of a black family where they are preparing for a birthday meal with their grandmother.
The set felt a little too conventional for the Young Vic, compared to their usual fare and there was something a little soap-opera esque about the story.
But after a whole act of what looked like a standard family drama, setting up characters, tension and mystery, the second act takes on a wholly different tone.