Assembly Rooms (Venue 20)
Like many writers, you suspect he must have a drawer full of unused ideas and scenes that don’t lead anywhere. Unlike other writers, however, you suspect Lucas has decided to group a load of these pieces together and call it a play.
That’s not to say this isn’t worthwhile: the professionalism of veteran actors Richard Kline and Pamela Shaw ensure that every comedic beat is hit.
The opening sexagenarian tryst gone wrong is worthy of mid-range Woody Allen but how it relates to a Twilight Zone-ish tale of a lonely barmaid visited by an enigmatically mute customer or the closer – where the ghosts of HIV victims ponder the Aids quilt in Washington DC – is not readily apparent.
In the background, a TV screen frequently comments on the action with scene-setting news clips (although quite how the Edward Snowden story figures in this collage of love and mortality may prove impenetrable).
As a piece, this may fail to coalesce into a satisfying whole but the polished performers lend it an enjoyable sheen.
Until 26 August. Tomorrow 3:50pm.