American banker Nick Bright knows that his freedom comes at a price. Confined to a cell within the depths of rural Pakistan, every second counts. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market? Indhu Rubasingham directs the European premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s political play – but what have critics made of it? The Invisible Hand runs at London’s Tricycle Theatre until 2 July 2016.
The Guardian: ★★★ Michael Billington said: “Akhtar’s play certainly shows that economics, the supposedly dismal science, is capable of generating dramatic tension.”
Financial Times: ★★★★ Ian Shuttleworth thought that: “a fiendishly clever examination of religious, political and economic beliefs, how they intertwine and conflict, what unites and divides us.”
The Telegraph: ★★★★ Claire Allfree wrote: “Indhu Rubasingham’s high-voltage, fast-moving production, which hums with the buzz of drones flying overhead, captures brilliantly the guerrilla feel of the new warfare.”
West End Wilma: ★★★★ Rhiannon Evans found: “The Tricycle never shies away from challenging works and this is no exception.”
London Theatre 1: ★★★★(half) Patsy Trench described it as: “Thought-provoking, entertaining, intelligent, funny and always absorbing.”
British Theatre Guide: Philip Fisher said: “Thanks to tight direction from Indhu Rubasingham, some excellent performances and a taste for the mildly melodramatic, The Invisible Hand builds to an unlikely but satisfying denouement.”
West End Frame: ★★★★ Andrew Tomlins found that: “Akhtar’s piece is gripping – it’s not always an easy watch, but The Invisible Hand is a perfect example of the top notch, bold work the Tricyle Theatre is renowned for staging.”
Live Theatre UK: ★★ “Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand is that saddest of political dramas: one without any heroes, insight or real interest.”
Evening Standard: ★★★ Henry Hitchings commented: “Akhtar has a keen sense of irony and juggles some provocative ideas about the links between the global economy and terrorism.”
Time Out: *** “‘The Invisible Hand’ is a loveless play, and word-heavy.”
The Invisible Hand plays at the Tricycle Theatre until the 2nd July. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.tricycle.co.uk/current-programme-pages/theatre/theatre-programme-main/the-invisible-hand/.