The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss

Towards the end of the play, Oscar Wilde says John, not Judas, should’ve been the one to betray Jesus since John was the apostle Jesus most loved while he hardly knew Judas. And watching how Oscar has been forsaken by the love of his life, we understand why. Jason Cavanagh’s elegant revival of David Hare’s 1998 play is a rich portrait of unequal love,…

Equus

Equus

“There’s no merit about being in pain; that’s just pure old masochism.” “I am talking about passion, Hesther, you know what that word originally meant: suffering,” says Dr Martin Dysart to his magistrate friend. And it is this conundrum of exterminating passion in the process of curing his patient of pain that torments the child psychiatrist…

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Theatre review: How I Learned To Drive

Dear Dad We may feel we have heard and read enough about pedophilia, especially of late, to last us a lifetime. Yet here is a revival of a 1997 award-winning play by American playwright Paula Vogel that again explores this disturbing subject. But rather than adopting a blunt judgement-driven approach, Mockingbird Theatre’s staging of How I Learned To Drive handles the issue with tremendous…

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Theatre review: Blue/Orange

Dear Dad I recollect commenting on this blog — incidentally in a review of another Mockingbird Theatre production — that we should not gasp at abhorrent attitudes halfway round the globe, but instead examine our own. Now the Theatre’s brilliant staging of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange calls on us to do the same. Bruce, a fresh and inexperienced psychiatrist, is assessing the…