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Masterpiece of Nineties Theatre
on 15 March 2001
This is a remarkable play that very much plays with ideas of character, a category once considered fundamental to the theatre. The scenarios are amazing in their subtle understanding of contemporary consumer culture and the remains of the human being found therein.
The play starts as it means to go on: the first scene is called 'All Messages Deleted'. And they certainly are. The idea of communicating about A.N. Other is well and truly exploded. It is very difficult to say anything meaningful abot the central figure, 'Anne'. The reader is left with a host of impressions, none of which particularly tally with the others.
But the play isn't simply a remarkable work with respect to its content. It also challenges theatres by refusing to attribute character names to text, thus opening up the realization process and allowing actors to negotiate the text on their terms, not bowing to the authority of an author.
So, a wonderful play that truly engages the imagination in a way that so much contemporary UK theatre can only dream of.