"Occasionally I go a bit green with envy when I come across the work of someone who writes much better than I do. That's the feeling I got at the Bush theatre last night after watching this great new play by Mike Bartlett," he begins.
"Mike Bartlett's many talents include the ability to tell a clear story without lots of exposition; he has a technical skill with dialogue that enables the characters to switch seamlessly from talking to each other to talking to the audience while remaining totally believable. And there's a stunning performance by Lizzy Watts in the main role. It's only 80 minutes, and some writers would have laboured away to create a play two or three times this length. It never mentions politics, but tells you more about the Iraq war and why we got caught up in it than most plays which take an overtly political line.
"It's off on tour around England until May, so go and see it," says John, and we couldn't agree more.
John also wrote a great review of Terre Haute last year. So we like John a lot.