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‘Nothing but praise for the central performances’: KISS OF THE SPIDER MAN – Menier Chocolate Factory

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Not Exactly BillingtonLeave a Comment

While Puig’s masterpiece Kiss of the Spider Woman doesn’t quite work when fleshed into a physical entity, I am reminded of the unique and all-conquering power of the human imagination, and I am forever thankful that stories such as this are produced and continue to make people think, feel and dream.






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‘Beautifully calibrated & ferociously emotive study of love & loneliness’: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN – Menier Chocolate Factory

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

Rivera and Baker’s adaptation does focus more on the personal than the political, so this does feel very much like the story of these two men rather than a searching insight into the LGBTQ experience in Latin America. But with that in mind, it is a painstakingly evocative study of the power – and limits – of love.






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‘Trite themes explored with flat dialogue’: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN – Menier Chocolate Factory ★

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Two prisoners are locked in an Argentinian cell. Hungry, tired, nauseous, bored out of their minds… this critic jots down a handy metaphor for the whole evening. Kiss of the Spider Woman has had many lives (a novel, a play, a film) but one wonders how it passed the high bar of the Menier for another outing.