Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TOP FIVE PLAYS; Hang Up: Eva Magyar in the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TOP FIVE PLAYS; Hang Up: Eva Magyar in the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents

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The Emperor Jones National Theatre: Olivier, SE1Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones still startles with its novelty, timelesspolitical relevance and daring theatricality. These elements are realised in aspectacular production by Thea Sharrock, first seen in 2005. Paterson Josephplays the swaggering, West Indian dictator, who escapes from his revoltingsubjects to find his heart of darkness. Jones's nightmare journey is not simplya Freudian/Jungian voyage of discovery, but a history of black oppression inAmerica, relayed in vivid dramatic pictures and reverse chronology. Fivemusicians and 40 dancing, miming, trooping supernumeraries bring O'Neill'stimeless, dark-night of the soul vision menacingly alive. (020 7452 3000).

Until 31 October.

All About My MotherOld Vic, SE1 No more extraordinary, sexually charged or surreal encounter canever have been played upon the Old Vic stage than Samuel Adamson's superbrecreation of Pedro Almodovar's filman adaptation that improves upon the famous original. Manuela (LesleyManville), determined to find the father of her son Esteban, killed in a caraccident trying to pursue Diana Rigg's sacred monster of a great, lesbianactress, returns to Barcelona, where heroin and Aids work their destructivemagic and sexual freedom is taken in the large, difficult doses oftranssexuality and transvestism. Adamson draws out the sad, poignant messagethat underscores Almodovar's dark comedy, dominated by love, loss and familysecrets, and women banding together to withstand men who care too little and dotoo much damage. (0870 060 6628).

Until 24 November.

The Sexual Neuroses of Our ParentsGate, W11 This show makes a splash. Carrie Cracknell, who, with fellowtwentysomething Natalie Abrahami, has just taken over at the Gate, directsSwiss writer Lukas Barfuss's taboo-breaking drama. The subject grabs theattention.

Mentally subnormal teen Dora comes off her medication and quickly becomes aslave to sex, her cravings leaving her open to abuse. …

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