REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Invisible Hand at the Kiln Theatre

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We round up the reviews for Indhu Rubasingham‘s revival of Ayad Akhtar’s play at the Kiln Theatre.

The Guardian: ★★★★ “Indhu Rubasingham excels in her directorial signatures of pacy staging combined with clarity of narrative and characterisation.”

The Telegraph: ★★★★★ “Ayad Akhtar’s geopolitical thriller combines an edge-of-your-seat plot with big ideas.”

A Younger Theatre: ★★★★★ “The Invisible Hand is a play that relishes in its own complexity and ambiguity, leaves one feeling in equal parts satisfied, enlightened, and challenged. An engaging storyline and perfectly-cast company keep you guessing about its conclusion right up until its shocking and calamitous end.”

London Theatre1: ★★★★ “If you enjoy oratorical drama (like David Hare or Aaron Sorkin), you’re likely to be rapt by Ahktar’s erudite dialogue and trenchant quips.”

Broadway World: ★★★★ “As a whole, The Invisible Hand is not only informative about politics (the reference to Osama bin Laden as a cash cow for the Pakistani government puts his hiding in a different perspective), but opens a window on to the world of trading and its repercussions on real people. The result is a must-see in the current climate.”

Theatre Weekly: ★★★★ “Indhu Rubasingham’s direction is suitably edgy, and she effectively interjects each succinct scene with a blinding white light and ear-splitting screeching that is so intense it feels like a form of torture in itself.”

The Arts Desk: ★★★★★ “In Rubasingham’s capable hands, American Ayad Akhtar’s taut exploration of greed and blame still hits like a punch to the chest, ratcheting up the tension over two hours to an almost unbearable level.”

The Stage: ★★★★ “Fast-paced thriller that deftly demonstrates the direct link between boardrooms and battlefields.”

British Theatre Guide: “This is a drama with plenty of tension; there is an undercurrent of violence that is emphasised by the blinding light and noise that mark every scene break and allow characters to magically appear and disappear in a moment.”

The Daily Mail: ★★★★ “With sharp direction by Indhu Rubasingham, the evening thrums with tension and twists.”

Theatre Vibe.co.uk: ★★★★★ “The performances from all four are so convincing that we are swept along by the narrative. Indhu Rubasingham directs with great skill and Lizzie Clachan’s set is a grim prison brought to hope by the growing attachment between Nick and Bashir.”

The Invisible Hand continues to play at the Kiln Theatre until 31 July 2021.

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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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