Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Theatre review: The Illusion
Sebastian Harcombe's production comes to Southwark Playhouse via RADA, and over half the cast are recent graduates. There's a lot of interesting touches in the performances that keep you on your toes; Rafaat as the occasionally soliloquising maid is particularly good, and Jackson-Smith as a foppish love rival is funny, even if his performance is, as Ian commented in the interval, very reminiscent of Michael Palin in Life of Brian. Jessop's illusionist has a nice line in the smilingly sinister which she amusingly flips on its head at times.
The Illusion by Pierre Corneille in an adaptation by Tony Kushner is booking until the 8th of September at Southwark Playhouse.
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes including interval.