In 2014, Pomona stormed the Orange Tree, turning the previously staid venue into a place of both lauded theatre revolution and disgruntled walkouts. Could Alistair McDowall repeat the feat at the more progressive Royal Court? X should certainly prove as divisive, with a labyrinthine, genre-hopping structure even less resistant to easy answers. Pinning this play down is like trying decipher clues to a cryptic crossword whose grid has just morphed into a fish. The entire first half is dismantled by the second, innocuous exchanges shape-shift repeatedly, and we lose our anchors, one by one, along with McDowall’s characters. If ultimately a more cerebral than visceral experience, it’s a singular leap into the unknown.
- @mrdavidjays Although that's kind of a Dylan experience in itself... 1 hour ago
- @mrdavidjays Exactly - it fit his determined stoicism. I've just been reminded he did the Phantom film: youtube.com/watch?v=N2iU8X… 1 hour ago
- @mrdavidjays And oh god yes - one of the performances of 2017 1 hour ago