A Bright Room Called Day, Southwark Playhouse

bright room as day picThe pivotal early 1930s period in which Herr Hitler overcame strong if fractured left-wing opposition should make for meaty drama, but the sluggish polemic currently occupying Southwark Playhouse will leave carnivorous viewers unsatiated.

American playwright Tony Kusher is rightly celebrated for his Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America, which combines urgent social issues with a moving portrait of humanity, but his earlier work A Bright Room Called Day only hints at that remarkable skill. The aphorism “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce” is solemnly intoned to illustrate the author’s intent – would that we had some of either to liven up a nearly three-hour undergraduate seminar.

Read my full theartsdesk review here

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