Week in Theatre: The Great Middlemarch Mystery; The 47; For Black Boys Who Consider Murder… | Drama

Soon, the cinema is shooting its latest blockbusters. Immersive art, political thought, music that stretches the words of the stage.

Coventry, now the city of UK culture, is the real star of The Great Middlemarch Mystery. Josephine Burton and Ruth Livesey’s Dash Arts adaptation of George Eliot’s novel, which Burton directed, moves the work from the 1830s to the 1980s and places it in turn-of-the-century buildings. 18 near the city center. People engage with the idea by running behind the figures as they move around the cobbled streets. On the other side of town, Will Ladislaw is promoting his radical newspaper; in another, women gather for sewing bees. In Mr Bulstrode’s bank – polished wood and clockwork – dodgy money is changing hands. Inside the bar at the Green Dragon, a bearded man sat drunk in an armchair.

This is true cinema, and not just because it takes place in the city that inspired Eliot’s novel. A fusion of past and present works to echo Coventry’s own style of honoring its history, with the ruins of a bombed-out church left on the side of the building after the war.

Not everything is clear or simple; work – some of which, rightly so, by Coventry residents – comes and goes. At first, the elements of the adaptation are obvious: no Dorothea Brooke, no heroine. Yet the essence of the story and its abundance of detail are captured; An advertisement “the Casaubon Foundation” was left alone on the side table.

Change is in the air according to Eliot, with upheaval in the world of finance – and the emergence of a threatening disease. According to the views of middle England. The impatience and mocking snobbery of the other is perfectly captured in the person of the optician with mobile eyebrows and a coat that is too large for his figure (even for his shoes ). Here is the humiliating life of women with hopes of running up and trembling hands; this is the active freedom of radicals.

In particular, by making the visitors make their connections between sites, stories, sections and families, The Great Middlemarch Mystery goes to the core of Eliot’s project: to present life not as a single result but as part of a complex complex web.

The Great Middlemarch Mystery, where people ‘join the plot by running after the words’. Photo: Ikin Yum

Political cinema is reaching – it should – for more hallucinatory realism. Consider Lucy Prebble’s best attack on Putin in 2019 It is a very useful medicine, with its giant puppets, its huge golden phallus, its roaring hatred. Consider Mike Bartlett’s 2014 reform of the British state in King Charles III.

In The 47th. King Lear in his kingdom; came to sleep Macbeth; the galvanic cockiness of Richard III. His new play, neither observant nor predictable, is less imaginative than his first satire: although it is set in the future, it does not leap forward too much. like recording new events. However, the Trump years are very interesting: they are amazing. Rupert Goold’s work is explosive.

There’s a new president – don’t know who and don’t know how you feel. Miriam Buether’s design is simple, but fires, riots and hornet shields are spreading across the country; the storm in the Capitol is less like an isolated act than a foundation for the future.

Bertie Carvel’s Trump is the only thing worth the price of a ticket: it doesn’t seem like reincarnation, it’s as if Carvel has completely lost himself and in his place is an unrecognizable human being – perhaps a role model. – is given palpable life. He’s been smiling ever since he got out of the golf cart he came in and cracked his knuckles; he was afraid that he would move away from the mockery of the strong mockery. She is terrifying and perfect, with an ex-pres combination of flesh and beautiful baby-like skin – as if her features are suspended in the space of her face.

Lydia Wilson is Ivanka Trump.
Lydia Wilson is Ivanka Trump. Photo: Marc Brenner

Tamara Tunie brings strength, directness and gentleness to the role of Kamala Harris. Simon Williams does a great job as Joe Biden, and Freddie Meredith’s Eric is very difficult. Ivanka Lydia Wilson is a Disney princess in stilettos and the deadliest character on stage. It looks like a piece of celluloid and not flesh. It makes the confected seem like a genetic inheritance.

For black boys who contemplated murder Hue is very heavy marks a welcome moment of change in the theatre. Ryan Calais Cameron’s game, which premiered last fall at New Diorama, is not only inspired by new sounds, but also new characters.

The title tips its hat to Ntozake Shange’s late 1976 “choreopoem”, For black girls who think about murder/rainbows Enuf, but what Cameron is doing is new and terrifying. It has broken the history of people who are against the language; it disrupts long-held notions of monolithic black masculinity; which again shows how the movement of the game is as powerful and expressive as the language.

A group of men is attached to a dark field: usually, this means fighting. But this huddle slowly unfolds: the chaps don’t work against each other, they don’t attract antipathy but express their differences. They are like fluid, punchy, funny, character and speech. One slowly runs away from his friends walking on the sides of the stage, the other jumps in the air with one hand; The third barrel is boldly forward to compete in stores.

For the black boys who thought about killing themselves when the Hue was so sad.
For black boys who contemplated killing themselves when the Hue was too heavy: ‘fluid, punchy, witty, in style and in words’. Photo: Ali Wright

Anna Reid’s design and Rory Beaton’s lighting – bright with primary colors and plastic chairs – are playful, romantic. Conversations and monologues are often interrupted, always searching. The evening begins with the usual medical talk in order to avoid further questioning: of course it’s time to bin the word “resilience”. It will quickly become specific – rhetorical, anecdotal, contradictory, but not just a grandchild. A sad reminder of how little babies a black boy could kiss, and the pride of being attracted to being light skinned; there is a terrible memory of a bad father. Men’s names indicate the ability, scope and order of the game. Each with a shade of black: Obsidian, Jet, Pitch.

Star ratings (out of five)
The Great Middlemarch Mystery
★★★
The 47th
★★★★
For black boys who have thought about murder in the past
Hue is very heavy ★★★★

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