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Rocket to the Moon, National Theatre | reviews, news & interviews

Rocket to the Moon, National Theatre

Rocket to the Moon, National Theatre

Clifford Odets's Depression-era drama doesn't quite achieve lift-off

Office romance: Jessica Raine as Cleo and Joseph Millson as BenCatherine Ashmore

“Love is no solution to life,” declares a line from Clifford Odets’s 1938 drama; and in straitened times, then and now, it’s a sentiment that carries considerable doleful weight. And yet every character here is in desperate search of that elusive something to elevate the banal business of day-to-day existence – a personal rocket to the moon. Without it, they are trapped in endless Monday mornings, soul-destroying work that doesn’t bring in enough to pay the bills, and relationships in which they turn into “two machines, counting up the petty cash”.

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