The Review: The idea is novel. Take a dysfunctional family, throw them together at Christmas and have them behave according to specific rules displayed on a giant scoreboard. It's a gimmick that's initially very entertaining and funnily true to life but, once the novelty wears off, underneath lies a play that simply isn't good enough. The cast are uniformly excellent and carry the play through to its wildly chaotic conclusion. It's worth seeing for the sheer inventiveness that’s on display here but it's a curiously unfulfilling affair and not a patch on Ayckbourn and, indeed, the National's Seasons Greetings several years back.
The Verdict: Novelty theatre without backbone.