This new play by Nick Payne stars Zoe Wanamaker, Nina Sosanya and Barbara Flynn and explores a world in which the brain is no longer a mystery to us and what the consequences of understanding it are. What are critics saying about artistic director Josie Rourke’s premiere production at the Donmar Warehouse? Elegy runs until 18 June 2016.
The Guardian: ★★★★ Michael Billington wrote that: “Payne’s real achievement is to have put flesh on scientific concepts and to have explored the moral dilemmas that lie at the heart of drama.”
The Telegraph: ★★★ Dominic Cavendish was slightly less enthusiastic finding: “It’s as if Payne has alighted on mind-blowing material fit for a major play for today and then contented himself with helping us pass the time before supper.”
Time Out: ★★★★ Andrzej Lukowski said: “It’s a beautiful production of a provocative play.”
The Financial Times: ★★★★ Ian Shuttleworth commented that: “Payne has carved a niche for himself in dramatic examinations of that knot where mind, brain and identity meet and tangle.”
Evening Standard: ★★★ Henry Hitchings summed it up by saying: “While the subject matter is intriguing, the play feels a touch too brittle and the characterisation is undernourished.”
The Upcoming: ★★★ Mersa Auda wrote: “It’s rather a quiet storm slowly brewing within and around the characters, without ever climaxing into a solution or a higher understanding. Nevertheless, Elegy poses intelligent questions and rewards the audience with great performances.”
British Theatre Guide: “after seeing it some viewers might change their own lives, attitudes and beliefs as a direct result of a mere hour or so of imaginative theorising by a playwright on top form.”
The Daily Mail: ★★ Quentin Letts was less impressed finding: “Perhaps memory is too personal a thing to turn easily into drama.”
There Ought to be Clowns: “Superlatively acted and sensitively directed, Payne could yet afford to go further.”
Elegy is on at the Donmar Warehouse until the 18th June.
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