This Is Not Culturally Significant is an arresting and thought provoking play, performed entirely in the nude by Adam Scott-Rowley. Once you get over this – and believe me, it does not take long – you are gripped by a gamut of human emotion, perceived in the depictions of numerous absurd, but very recognisable characters. […]
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The Goat is a fascinating play by one of America’s greatest playwrights; a depiction of life utterly undone by an unforgivable transgression. Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo are excellent as disintegrating couple Martin and Stevie, ably supported by West-End debutant Archie Madekwe as their son Billy. The play suffers from too much ‘telling’, rather than […]
Finborough Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s scarcely seen Incident at Vichy does great justice to a play that deserves a far wider audience. Compellingly staged and beautifully acted, the production demonstrates the cruel and contradictory faces of evil, which smile when good men succumb to inertia.
James Macdonald’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a breathtaking depiction of human misery peeled back, with four wonderful performances at its core. If I see a better production this year, then I will count myself phenomenally lucky.
Ellen McDougall’s Othello is a very solid production, with excellent performances and a number of intriguing original motifs. Whilst these did not all work for me, mileage will vary between audience members, and the production’s many strengths and the excellent venue means it is to be recommended.
Mehmet Ergen’s production of Chekhov’s final play is thoughtful and thought-provoking, characterised by a number of terrific performances and a well-judged sense of irresolution. Whether you are a Chekhov neophyte or keen scholar, I am certain that you will be enriched by this production.
Dubailand offers a striking portrayal of the titular city, which does great credit to its writer. It is an enjoyable play, characterised by a good cast and a number of thought-provoking and well worked motifs. Nevertheless, the central narrative feels at times implausible and incomplete, making it also a slightly unsatisfying experience.
The Litterati is an intriguing deconstruction of life on the margins of society, seen through the eyes of its sheltered protagonist. The play occasionally suffers from melodrama, and explaining, rather than demonstrating key elements of the narrative. Nevertheless, this is compensated by otherwise perceptive dialogue and strong performances. It is certainly worth a watch.