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Tarell Alvin McCraney interview

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TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY – (1570 words)

For THE STAGE, 2007

Q&A:

1) WHY DID YOU WRITE THE BROTHERS SIZE

It was something I was inspired to do by some African myths that I had read and also another play I had read about some brothers. I decided I wanted to write something about what it means to be a brother. Continue reading

Once in a Lifetime

Young Vic Theatre, London (***)

© Johan Persson, Kevin Bishop (Jerry Hyland), Claudie Blakley (May Daniels), Lizzy Connolly (Susan Walker) - `lights, action...'

© Johan Persson, Kevin Bishop (Jerry Hyland), Claudie Blakley (May Daniels), Lizzy Connolly (Susan Walker), Buffy Davis (Mrs Walkder) – `lights, action…’

The birth pangs of Hollywood. Everyone wants a piece of the action and Moss Hart and George Kaufman’s Once in a Lifetime, opening in 1930, caught the mad, irrepressible flavour of what was to become a major influence in the shaping of western 20th century culture. Continue reading

Macbeth

Young Vic Theatre, London (***)

© Richard Hubert Smith

© Richard Hubert Smith

If you come out of the theatre extolling the virtues of the set rather than the play, well, something’s amiss somewhere. Fine to re-cast Shakespeare in a mode for today but this is the second Young Vic Shakespeare whose obsession with modernity falls on the side of tricksy rather than illuminating. Continue reading

Time of Women, part of Staging a Revolution festival

Maria Studio, Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Nicolai Khalezin

© Nicolai Khalezin

Theatre can be a fantastic teacher. It’s hard for British theatre audiences to comprehend the sacrifices made by artists, writers and practitioners in the name of free speech and artistic expression. Continue reading

Measure for Measure

Young Vic Theatre, London (***)

© Keith Pattison

© Keith Pattison

 

David Lan’s Young Vic seems to be going through a particular period of radicalism at present. After Richard Jones’ eye-popping The Trial comes Joe Hill-Gibbins’s bold, iconoclastic Measure for Measure, smashing memory of any previous recent versions. This is definitely a Measure for today, full of post-modern absurdity, bleak, barbed, unforgiving. Continue reading