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.
Has the Menier Chocolate Factory come to the end of the road? If you want to know how it feels to be trapped in some nightmare prison with no prospect of release, sit in the middle of a row for its current no-interval production of Kiss of the Spider Woman.
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.
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.
Love London Love Culture picks five of the best shows to book for in March including The Best Man, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Caroline, Or Change.
Samuel Barnett and Declan Bennett will lead the company of Laurie Sansom’s upcoming revival of Kiss of the Spider Woman at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.
The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced a major new production of Kiss of the Spider Woman, which will be directed by former National Theatre of Scotland artistic director Laurie Sansom, making his Menier debut.