Michael Peng gives a superb, nuanced central performance in this bold production, combining a muscular physicality – movement sections are well choreographed and striking – with tenderness and fragility. The memorable design, by Cory Sincennes and Jennifer Goodman, presents the stage as a huge blackboard, on which Peng scrawls notes throughout the play, charting the development of the work’s themes.
Piet Defraeye’s direction is solid and secure: he allows Evelyne de la Cheneliere’s text to speak for itself, but enhances it with striking visuals, elegant performances and a sure sense of the piece’s overall structure. This is an accomplished, urgent piece of work that reminds us about some difficult truths.
- David Kettle