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Three Sisters

Almeida Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hr 55 with one interval
Review of perf seen April 19, 2019:

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran (Olga), Pearl Chanda (Masha), Ria Zmitrowicz (Irina) - on a journey to acceptance and stoicism...wonderful trio.

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran (Olga), Pearl Chanda (Masha), Ria Zmitrowicz (Irina) – on a journey to acceptance and stoicism…wonderful trio.

Whichever way you cut it, Chekhov’s Three Sisters is about loss, mounting loss and how to cope with it.

But then, you might adapt that to Chekhov’s two other mighty tragedies, Uncle Vanya and eminently The Cherry OrchardContinue reading

Lela & Co

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London

© Helen Maybanks

© Helen Maybanks

****

The title is deeply ironic. Lela & Co stands for not only the injuries perpetrated on the central character, Lela, of Cordelia Lynn’s extraordinary imagination, but all those young girls whose abuse has hit the headlines in Bradford, High Wycombe and indeed, worldwide where women have been violated. The Co stands for an army of female abuse as well as a horrifically satirical comment on, you might say, the trafficking in female flesh, the business it becomes. Like Great Britain plc, so the sale of women. Lela & Co. A corporate company. A dozen times I thought of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Pakistan where the perception of women is as of goods and chattels or part and parcel of the trophy of war. Continue reading