"The episode starts with...
'Wait, doesn't he have...'"
It's a bit of crime that it was relatively easy to get one of the good cheap seats to see Mr Burns again at the Almeida this far into the run but I suppose it is indicative of the risks that theatres take when they programme in a more exciting way than simply remounting The Importance of Being Earnest... And I sure ain't complaining as I loved being able to revisit this searing production of Ann Washburn's play and appreciate more of its dense cultural referencing and complexity rather than just sitting slack-jawed at the audacity of the piece.
My original review can be found here and I think I will leave it at that, I just run the risk of repeating myself ad nauseam otherwise. What I would recommend you read instead are Mildly Bitter's insightful takes on the US productions she saw - first one here, and second one here which demonstrate a brilliantly articulated appreciation of what the show, and Washburn, are trying to do, and also offer an interesting look into how it has, and continues to, developed.
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (with two intervals)
Booking until 26th July, go on - do it, book now. And don't leave at the first interval!
Labels: Adey Grummet, Adrian der Gregorian, Annabel Scholey, Anne Washburn, Demetri Goritsas, Jenna Russell, Justine Mitchell, Michael Shaeffer, Wunmi Mosaku