His in-depth characterisations are what makes this play about ruthless and desperate real estate salesmen so interesting.
Glengarry Glen Ross returns for a UK tour, which opened in Birmingham at The Alexandra, where I caught the show.
Set in an office of cut-throat Chicago salesmen in the 1980's, the short first act introduces the audience to the various characters through a series of conversations in a restaurant. They, in turn, show salesmen in varying states of desperation and anger before we see the man they are all trying to beat (Nigel Harman) in action.
It quickly emerges that there is a high-stakes competition that is pushing them all to new extremes, but how far will they go?
While the opening act is quite sedated, the second act is a little longer, (but the whole play is less than two hours). The momentum and comedy lift hugely in this second section as the repercussions of the toxic environment are unearthed and everyone's true nature is revealed.
It's a dark comedy that is lifted by fine acting from a strong cast. While there's the recognisable Mark Benton and Nigel Harman from various TV shows, it's Denis Conway, from The Lieutenant of Inishmore who has all the best lines as angry, off the rails salesman Dave Moss.
Benton is particularly good at showing an emotional desperate side to his character, Shelly. It's a very moving performance for the actor who has also toured with Hairspray.