Thursday, 8 January 2009

The Family Reunion, Donmar Warehouse, 8 Jan 2009

Mesmerizing production of TS Eliot's "The Family Reunion" with two of my favourite actors (Morahan and West). Most critics find Eliot's dramatic work "flawed" or "imperfect". I say they are full of it.

It was an evening (not really, I went to a matinee) full of emotion, as opossed to the typical assumption that Eliot is somehow a cerebral, chilly writer. The sets were gorgeous and the chorus of children worked perfectly, halfway creepy and wistful. Sam West, of course, is a force of nature as always but Hattie Morahan held her own against him admirably and their peculiar chemistry is what brings on the sublime moments in this productions.

Gripping, lovely, challenging.

West End Whingers.

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