The less said about “Girls & Boys” and its star Carey Mulligan the better — and that’s the opposite of a dis
One reason for being tight-lipped that this play from London at the Minetta Lane Theatre by Tony winner Dennis Kelly (“Matilda The Musical”) goes to unexpected places. No one should spoil anything.
The other is that words couldn’t truly capture just how thrilling, shattering and simply phenomenal Mulligan is.
Seeing is believing.
But be prepared to be rocked to the core by this fictional memoir that begins in rom-com territory and slowly but surely fills with dark shadows. Each step of the way, Mulligan (“Skylight,” “Shame”) makes every line, gesture and movement as a wife and mother feel so real it hurts.
Even her body language is eloquent. That includes the sort of fighting stance that becomes her character’s default position. In the end, it’s clear why.
Kelly’s script, while a bit slack and didactic, is also scalpel-sharp and detailed. Like the clever description of a man who “concertinaed down onto the sofa.” Acts this human squeezebox is capable of emerge and they will haunt you.
Director Lindsey Turner guides the sleek and seamless production presented by Audible.com. Don’t let the title fool you. “Girls & Boys” isn’t kids’ stuff, but as deadly grown-up as it gets.