“Few actors can undertaking charismatic affability higher than David Tennant,” mentioned Dominic Cavendish in The Each day Telegraph. And fewer nonetheless have his potential to modify off the attraction immediately and “go lifeless behind the eyes”, as we found when he performed the serial killer Dennis Nielsen in ITV’s Des.

In Good, set in pre-war Germany, Tennant performs one other “seemingly unusual man” – a liberal-minded literature professor, John Halder, who progressively turns into a part of the Nazi “killing machine”, washes his palms of his Jewish finest buddy, and finally ends up arguing for the Ultimate Answer.

First carried out in 1981, C.P. Taylor’s quietly terrifying play gives a “shocking and perceptive psychological slant” on the Nazis’ rise. Halder will not be “spurred by rousing speeches” and nationalist ardour – however fairly by bourgeois insularity, “self-interest and self-absorption”. And Tennant’s efficiency is “hypnotic”.

That is “fascinating psychological theatre with the texture of a fever dream”, amplified in Dominic Cooke’s manufacturing by daring, non-naturalistic staging, mentioned Arifa Akbar in The Guardian. Vicki Mortimer’s set is “gray and prison-like”; scenes change abruptly. The strangeness of all that is defined by a reveal on the finish, however “the payoff isn’t fairly shocking sufficient”. Nonetheless, there may be “sufficient intrigue, mind and effective appearing to maintain us rapt”, and Tennant is “spellbinding in his ordinariness, not hiding Halder’s venality but guaranteeing he stays human”.

Tennant’s is a “chilling efficiency fairly than a transferring one”, mentioned Sarah Crompton on What’s on Stage. It falls to Elliott Levey, as Maurice, Halder’s finest buddy, to find the play’s emotion, and he brilliantly conveys each Maurice’s humour and rising panic.

Sharon Small is equally persuasive, mentioned Dominic Maxwell in The Occasions: she has to modify between components – Halder’s wives, his mom, a Nazi soldier – and does so in a method that’s “clear, unfussy, on the spot”. Don’t count on fireworks from this wonderful revival. “What you get is one thing stranger, extra insidious, and I think rather more memorable.”

Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1