Monday, 26 November 2012
Theatre review: Ignorance/Jahiliyyah
Nathan Curry's slightly-too-slow production is set in an in-the-round design by Georgia Lowe, a grubbily timeless academic office that serves for both time periods - and holds a small but nicely symbolic change as we return from the interval.
The Last of the Haussmans, so presumably fills out a speedo well.) A couple of gawky lecturers (played again by Rabin) are more enthusiastically accepting of the international student, although perhaps a bit too much so for the time and place.
For the most part I found Ignorance/Jahiliyyah to be perhaps a bit flabbily written but not without its points of interest. The second act is a bit less involving despite events coming to a head in both timelines. One problem with a central mystery whose details are, by the very nature of the story, hard to pin down, is that as the play's final scenes circle around a definitive answer that isn't there, the conclusion feels unsatisfying.
Ignorance/Jahiliyyah by Steve Waters is booking until the 15th of December at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes including interval.