First published in The Times, Monday September 23 2019
The playwright Lorraine Hansberry died in 1965 at the age of 34 but her small body of work has resonated down the decades. She inspired her friend Nina Simone to write the hit song To Be Young, Gifted and Black. Her play A Raisin in the Sun (1959), about the struggles of a black family to improve their social and financial fortunes, is endlessly revived.
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First published in The Times, Friday September 15 2017
The Scottish company Rapture Theatre, which specialises in revivals of classic plays, has mainly focused in the past couple of years on the great works of the American stage. After a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and a triumphant imagining of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? it was inevitable that the company, led by artistic director Michael Emans, would get around to staging Tennessee Williams’s most celebrated drama.
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Published in The Times, Thursday September 10 2015
All My Sons: Two Stars
My Name Is . . . Three Stars
Rapture Theatre has not had its problems to seek in reviving Arthur Miller’s first major success for a Scottish tour. First, Paul Shelley, the lead actor, was forced to withdraw from the production due to illness. Then, on opening night, female lead Trudie Goodwin fainted midway through the second act, bravely soldiering on following a temporary halt in proceedings.
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