Features Published 24 June 2015

Exeunt’s Weekly Picks: 24th June

This week's theatre top 5 include the Almeida's soaring Greek Tragedy and some seriously good new writing from the US at the National.
Exeunt Staff

1. The Motherfucker with the Hat, National Theatre, London

“Stephen Adly Guirgis’ writing is rich, and especially his funny monologues reveal wonderfully conceived characters, but only Ralph has depth in the drama, as his guru-like calm is revealed to be a front for self-interest and loneliness.”

The gods look on.

The gods look on.

2. Oresteia, Almeida Theatre, London

“During the death of Iphigenia and a tempestuous climax to the first act it’s easy to forget about metaphor and instead just to soak up the visceral, emetic, religious shock of theatre.”

A fierce, intractable anger.

A fierce, intractable anger.

3. hang, Royal Court, London

“Burning at its heart is a riveting performance by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who imbues Three with a fierce, intractable anger.”

Inheritance. Photo: Alex Parker

Inheritance. Photo: Alex Parker

4. Now This is Not The End, Arcola Theatre, London

“Rose Lewenstein’s play is, in part, an exercise in untranslatability, in terms of language and in terms of cultural experience. But it is also a memory play about the importance of remembering and the need to forget, and about how the experience of dementia reveals as much about the past as it obscures the present.”

Men of mode. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Men of mode. Photo: Manuel Harlan

5. The Beaux’ Stratagem, National Theatre, London 

“The play’s humour might be a clear ancestor of the trouser-dropping ribaldry that went on to bedevil pantomimes or Whitehall farces or sleazy sixties sitcoms, but this production often isn’t allowed to collapse in a mirthful heap of catchphrases and pratfuls that the text suggests.”

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