Theater reviews by Brenda Repland
Adnan Khalil
Publish Date: 19 Jun 2017

Alhawadeth Media

 

Invincible

By

Torben Betts

Directed by Stephen Darcy

 

At 59E59 Theaters

 

 

Review by Brenda Repland

 

Invincible opened this week as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters.

 

We’ve all had evenings that didn’t work out, but this one is both hilarious and tragic. 

 

Emily and Oliver have decided to combat the recession by moving from London to the north of England.  They are a very liberal couple.  She is a fervent socialist with drive to help all the downtrodden.  He is her grounding force. 

 

One evening they invite their next door neighbors, Dawn and Alan to pay a visit.  From the moment they arrive, it is apparent that these couples have nothing in common.  To make matters worse, each is passionate about their interests.  Alan enthuses over the Marx Brothers when he sees Emily’s book on Karl Marx.  When Emily complains to Oliver about them, he attributes their differences to cultural norms.  She responds, “but we’re all English, aren’t we!?

Differences indeed.  The neighbors have no appreciation for modern art but insist on Emily and Oliver appraising Alan’s paintings of his cat, Invincible.  And so it goes.

 

This is a well-acted jolly English version of Archie Bunker meets meathead.

 

Running through July 2.

 

 

MY EYE WENTS DARK

 

Written and Directed

By

Matthew Wilkinson

 

 

 

 

 Review by Brenda Repland

 

Inspired by true events, a Russian father is driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. 

 

In this superb production, Declan Conlon and Thusitha Jayasundera take us from the moment of the crash to the building tension as the surviving father grasps what has happened. 

 

Every second of Mr. Conlon’s intense performance rings true.  His grief is visceral and dynamic.  He is well matched by his co-star.

Ms. Jayasundera portrays numerous characters, each with its own unique accent.  Watching her move from one to another is like watching a multiple personality subject emerge.  Her portrayal is exquisite as she steers the emotions of the audience with her every act.

 

This is one of the most outstanding plays of the festival and an absolute must-see!

 

 

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