Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Argies Go Bonkers with Style; TAKE 4 NIGHTS OUT AT THE THEATRE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Argies Go Bonkers with Style; TAKE 4 NIGHTS OUT AT THE THEATRE

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Until 30 July. Roundhouse, NW1 (0870 389 1846)

This new show by two members of bonkers Argentinian troupe De La Guarda reopens this venue after its [pounds sterling]30m refurb. The the title means "brute force" and is a sensual and sensory onslaught, a series of ravishing images accompanied by hardcore trance music in 60 minutes of unalloyed pleasure. Its visions of bliss and alienation aren't complex but the scope and flair of their execution delights. A man runs for his life on a giant treadmill, women scamper along a silver curtain, heedless of gravity. Nothing though, prepares you for the sheer beauty of the crowning sequence.


Until Sept 2. Wyndham's, WC2 (0870 950 0925).

This entrancing production of Sonheim and Lapine transfers to the West End where it magically paints a picture in song, words, music and moving-image graphics of George Seurat's long lost Parisian summer on the Seine. Daniel Evans is the artist, obsessed by his painting to the exclusion of all else, Jenna Russell plays his distraught mistress, Dot. When the second act leaps into the 20th-century, the wistful fantasy becomes a hopeful atonement, an acceptance by Seurat's grandson that attachment to people in the form of love is as crucial to life as art.


Until 1 July. Tricycle, NW6 (020 7328 1000)

Roisin McBrinn's atmospheric production of John B Keane's 1966 play is entertaining and enlightning. A highly theatrical and comic parable about poverty and land, it hinges on a widow who must sell two fields and the ensuing manoevring by a decietful publican, a thug and an expatriate.

A rural Ireland possessed by fear. Fine performances by Lorcan Cranitch, Tony Rhor and Heather Tobias.


Until 6 October. Globe, SE1 (020 7401 9919)

Lucy Bailey's production of Shakespeare's brutal revenge drama dispenses with the Eliabethan backdrop to create a nightmarish temple of death. …

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