Some Girls

Previewed 12 May 2005, Opened 24 May 2005, Closed 13 August 2005 at the Gielgud Theatre in London

Neil LaBute's new comedy Some Girls in London starring David Schwimmer

In love, if you wait for second chances, you could be waiting a long time. So wouldn't it just be simpler to schedule all those chances into one quick trip?... Neil LaBute's new comedy Some Girls provides an irreverent stumble into the heart of darkness that is the modern single male.

The cast features David Schwimmer in his West End debut as 'Man', along with Catherine Tate as 'Sam', Sara Powell as 'Tyler', Lesley Manville as 'Lindsay', and Saffron Burrows as 'Bobbi'. Directed by David Grindley with designs by Jonathan Fensom, lighting by Jason Taylor, and sound by Gregory Clarke.

How do you recognise the love of your life? When you finally decide to settle down, can you be sure you've chosen the right mate? What if there's someone better around the corner, or - even worse - the best has already been and you've let them slip through your fingers? These are just some of the questions raised in Some Girl(s), when a man on the brink of getting married decides to hook up with four of his ex-girlfriends for a reappraisal of himself and his relationships. As the Man visits each Woman in turn, he attempts to make amends for the hurt he's caused in the past, but often his memory of the relationship conflicts with that of his ex. "It's about how two people who are in the same relationship can misinterpret so many events," says the play's director, David Grindley. "He's genuinely surprised by some of the revelations in these encounters."

David Schwimmer, who plays the Man, sees Some Girls as a contemporary morality play: "One of my favourite lines, in response to a question about morality, is 'Moral? I guess - or ethical maybe, I get those confused.' And today I think we do - there's a huge grey area about morality and ethics and there's some wonderful moral questions in the play. Is it moral for a man to be with someone else just before he gets married? At what point is a kiss, when you know you're about to get married, breaking a contract?"

Writer Neil LaBute admits the play charts new territory for him - Some Girls is a comparatively gentle ride. "As a writer, there's always a desire to connect with an audience," says LaBute. "There's probably a fair number of people out there who wouldn't believe my making that statement, saying " choose to distance audiences. That's certainly true, but that doesn't mean " don't want to connect with them, too. Anytime someone gets up and leaves the theatre " feel like I've failed. To have them feel affronted is one thing, but to have them come and not be entertained is another you feel bad about taking their money."

David Schwimmer is known best for playing 'Ross Geller' in the hit US television series Friends for which he was nominated for an Emmy. He is an accompished actor having founded the acclaimed Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago for whom he continues to act aswell as direct for and produce.

"Some Girls is one of the least abrasive pieces of work LaBute has produced... But LaBute's wit and elegance ensure that he deploys his sex-war cliches with some panache. The dialogue is often funny, particularly good with the jerky rhythms of awkwardness and shame. In these fractured sentences, LaBute highlights the gaps that exist even between those who have been so close, the way in which two sides of the same story can clash so unexpectedly... Some Girls is a brittle, witty and well-acted piece, not an ideal date play, perhaps, but sharply entertaining and elegantly constructed." The Sunday Times

"Known for his needle-sharp cruelty, especially around male-female relationships, here LaBute doesn't offer much more than a tepid tickle-up of modern dating mores... Though each actress does her level best, there can be only occasional flashes of insight given such slight and cliched material. Schwimmer's passive Man - like a cross between Ross from Friends and Tim from The Office - is naturalistic but there's no spark, no genuine character... Though a nice enough way to spend an evening (lovely revolving sets, some good lines), [it] adds up to a whole heap nothing." The Sunday Telegraph

"Lurking behind goofy Ross on TV's Friends is a seriously good actor. David Schwimmer, the latest US star to invade the London stage, proves it in Neil LaBute's new comedy. But the role of a man - Man is what he's called, incidentally - taking a trip down memory lane just before he gets married probably doesn't provide Schwimmer with the most taxing challenge of his career. The nostalgic journey involves looking up four tempting old flames in four cities. A quartet of British actresses play the four women in Man's past from whom he learns about love, life and responsibility to others. Saffron Burrows, Catherine Tate, Sara Powell and Lesley Manville are the exes to swoon over. Some Girl(s) offers a masterclass in razor-sharp comedy and a stress-free evening." The Sun

"Fans of Friends won't be disappointed, for David Schwimmer plays the same dorky, slow-on-the-uptake-kinda-guy as the TV show's Ross in Neil LaBute's new play, Some Girl(s). Trouble is, Schwimmer's character undermines the whole piece; it's impossible to believe any one of the ex-girlfriends he revisits would have fallen so hard for this stupid, boring, humourless, gormless nerd that, years later, they're still smarting. The man is now engaged to a student nurse and he claims he wants to makes things OK with his exes, to right a few wrongs. I hoped, however, that this being LaBute, a dramatist unafraid of exploring the darker, exploitative side of relationships, that Schwimmer's character was, in fact, going to write a few wrongs and use these wounded women as material for his next article. Or, better still, that what sets out as a romantic comedy would become a revenge tragedy, with the women making him suffer unspeakable punishment for wasting their time. No chance. Maybe, in the end, all the man wanted to do was measure up his new squeeze against the old ones. The tediously repetitive structure is at least enlivened by the women as they get a few things off their chest... Otherwise, he learns as little as we do." The Mail on Sunday

Some Girls in London at the Gielgud Theatre previewed from 12 May 2005, opened on 24 May 2005 and closed on 13 August 2005.