Playing politics

bright room as day picIt seems almost unnecessary to criticise Tony Kushner’s insufferable polemic when he does so regularly within the text of A Bright Room Called Day. Characters rebuke one another for their “bad romantic posturing”, “elegant despair” and “carefully constructed but immobile” existence, with one commenting on the play’s turgid artifice by sighing “I feel like I’m in a film all the time”.

If this was done with deliberate, winking irony, it would make for a screamingly funny piece, but humour is just one of many things lacking from this bizarrely empty epic. The aphorism “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce” is solemnly wheeled out to illustrate Kushner’s mission statement – would that we had some of either to liven up this 150-minute undergraduate seminar.

Read my full Bargain Theatreland review here

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