REVIEW ROUND-UP: Faith Healer at the Donmar Warehouse

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Directed by Lyndsey Turner, Brian Friel’s 1979 play about the possibility of genius but the uncertainty of failure opened at the Donmar Warehouse last night. Faith Healer continues until 20 August 2016. Here’s what critics have been saying…

Guardian: ★★★★★ Michael Billington wrote: “Turner’s immaculate production gives each monologue a distinct setting and character linked, in Es Devlin’s design, by a prefatory curtain of rain.”

Independent: ★★★ Alice Saville said: “this production isn’t short on style. But it’s missing Hardy’s magnetic, transcendental hold over a scattered mass of desperate people – when he’s offstage, we don’t feel his presence.”

LondonTheatre.co.uk: ★★★★★ Mark Shenton commented: “Director Lyndsey Turner and her designer Es Devlin give it a beautifully sparse production, with a striking effect of falling rain surrounding the stage between each scene.”

The Arts Desk: “This revival is verbally hypnotic, emotionally intense and compellingly ambiguous.”

Daily Mail: ★★★ Quentin Letts thought that: “From time to time you hear of the police reprimanding an elderly motorist for proceeding too slowly on the public highway.They should do something similar to Lyndsey Turner for directing this Brian Friel classic at such a treacly pace.”

Time Out: ★★★★ Bella Todd wrote: “The words themselves teem with dramatic action in Turner’s suppley spoken production. Meanwhile designer Es Devlin draws attention to the dramatic form by bordering the stage with a litter of intersecting metal poles.”

British Theatre Guide: “Director Lyndsey Turner draws immaculate performances in different styles from all three of her actors.”

Evening Standard: ★★★★ Henry Hitchings commented: “Friel’s plays are eloquently lyrical rather than packed with action, and Faith Healer is no exception — we’re told about events, not shown them.”

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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