Jul 28, 2017

The Taming of the Shrew

People forget that Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew starts with an induction, in which a drunken vagabond is to be regaled with a theatrical performance of what is sometimes mistaken for the wh...
Jul 30, 2015

Miss Julie

I think that I have never seen a Miss Julie quite like Chulpan Khamatova’s. It’s not just that Thomas Ostermeier, the director, and Mikhail Durnenkov, the adapter, have updated and transposed Stri...
Jul 24, 2015

Ubu roi

Cheek by Jowl’s UBU ROI is a brilliant contradiction. It is austere and messy, infantile and wise, ego and id, beautiful and repulsive. It hangs together and falls apart. Lasts long and ends soon. G...
Jul 14, 2015

Druid Shakespeare

Death, in DRUID SHAKESPEARE: THE HISTORY PLAYS, is an invading parasite. Crosses accumulate on grave mounds like sprouts from bulbs, lives owed, as someone says, to God, payment, with interest, for bi...
Aug 15, 2014

The Maids

From the moment I saw Alice Babidge’s design for Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS, I knew I would feel differently about this, the third Cate Blanchett import I have seen from the Sydney Theatre Company. It...
Jul 10, 2011

A Magic Flute

Of the historically significant theatrical productions that I wish somehow to have been in a position to see, Peter Brook’s pared-to-its-essence Carmen is near the top of the list. So I approached t...