"Max Dorey’s evocative sets for Turner’s emotionally resonant and beautifully paced production use the tiny space of the Red Lion to advantage. The audience, their feet intruding into the Simons’ living-room, feel intimately involved in the family’s claustrophobic emotions..."/"`Max Dorey’s gorgeous set transforms the Old Red Lion space into a beautifully detailed drawing room and office..."
THE TELEGRAPH/THE STAGE
"Turner keeps the drama taut within designer Max Dorey’s impressively detailed house parlour, with racks of fur coats arranged to suggest the switch to warehouse office. A sultry jazz score is counterpointed by Richard Melkonian’s sound of relentless factory machinery..."/"The intimate Old Red Lion more than meets the challenge of housing this Miller debut. Max Dorey’s detailed, low ceilinged set somehow both widens the stage and makes everything uncomfortably cramped for this family on the edge of ruin..."
"Two atmospheric, detailed, yet also effortlessly simple designs by Max Dorey achieve wonders within the confined space of the Old Red Lion, so that scene transitions are effortless...It hard to see how the production side could be better done. It really is one of those cases where the discipline of a small performance space stimulates creative dividends. Not only are the sets a miracle of concise period evocation and practicality, but they are reinforced with a moody, fine-grained lighting design..."/"Through the intermittent introduction of racks of coats, Max Dorey’s design moves economically between home and workplace on a stage where there is scarcely space to take a coat off..."
BRITISH THEATRE/THE GUARDIAN
"And befitting the occasion, Turner’s creative team have produced some genuinely transformative work in the intimate space of this pub theatre, Max Dorey’s ingenious design doubling most effectively as a cramped New York apartment and the claustrophobic office of a failing garment company. The switch between the two is elegantly facilitated by Jack Weir’s lighting and both sets conjure living, breathing environments that work brilliantly as an extension of the drama..."
THERE OUGHT TO BE CLOWNS