Lucy Cohu is superb as the femme fatale, Phyllis, as laconic and one-dimensional as the genre demands she should be. Hywel Simons as the weak insurance agent Walter is the perfect foil for her and Lou Hirsch excels as the hard-bitten agent Barton Keyes. His dogged stance and native Brooklyn accent are a gift to the production and as the only truly flesh and blood character, he is the one we really warm to.
Spectacular effects add a chilling dimension - the railway track on which the body is dumped, the moving car with its headlights in the tunnel, the eerie and silently suspended wire recording machine into which Walter speaks his confession. The gantry doubles as a ship's rail for the very theatrical ending to a very gripping play.