It's interesting to consider what makes a "great" playwright. I think it requires a body of great work, not a single great play. Passion Play may be considered a great play, but I don't think that's enough to make Nichols a great playwright. Plays like Forget-me-not-Lane, Neither Up Nor Down, Chez Nous, Hearts and Flowers and so on do not really cut the mustard for me. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg was interesting and quite ground breaking but in Privates on Parade, I think the "show" drowned the play. I would put this new one, which I have seen, alongside Forget-me-not-Lane.
One great play and a couple of good ones does not make a great dramatist in my book. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
04 Sep 01
Seems odd to give 5 stars to a production you haven't yet seen. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
04 Sep 01
I dispute the reviewer's assertion that Nichols isn't a great playwright -- in fact, I'd argue he's one of our very best. PASSION PLAY is one of the finest dramas of the eighties; and he's one of the few playwrights I actually travel miles to see. So I went to see this poignant, deeply felt drama at its Bristol premiere last October, when a fantastic local company there called Show of Strength premiered it, with Stephanie Cole in the cast, and was thrilled to see it. I can't wait to see it again with this cast. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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