|Matthew Rhys and Sarah Goldberg|
Today the shock of the play is nothing compared to what it must have been like almost sixty years ago but this revival of the play is still shocking in its ability to cut to the raw nerve at the center of the piece. It gets there by having one of the most minimal set designs in recent history as the entire stage is about six feet deep and consists of a black back wall, a mattress, a couple of dressers, a few chairs and an ironing board. This minimalistic approach is effective in grounding us in the reality of how Jimmy and his wife Allison are living. The stage is on a slightly higher platform than usual as if the four characters are on display for us and in such a small setting as if they are trapped with no where to go. If this idea of being trapped and lost was what director Sam Gold was going for then he vastly succeeded.
|Adam Driver, Sarah Goldberg and Matthew Rhys-|
this is about 1/2 of the entire set!
|Matthew Rhys and Charlotte Parry|
Look Back in Anger is an interesting play in that while it is about desperation and how characters are drawn to others while being used or using them it is also about lost youth and how society has forced some individuals to only achieve certain levels of success. Seeing this show in a weekend when we saw the new play Clybourne Park and the classic drama Twelve Angry Men was very interesting as they all deal with the issue of race or class and how society treats people differently. This production only runs through this Sunday, April 8th, don't miss your chance to see this excellent production.
Official Show Site
Highlights from this production: