Review Round-up: Hodge Helms Donmar Dimetos
A departure from Fugard's overtly political plays, Dimetos is a moving story about love, guilt, retribution and faith in a modern world of moral decay. Exhausted with life in the city as a highly skilled engineer, Dimetos (Pryce) escapes to a remote coastal village with his niece and housekeeper in search of a simpler existence. Five years on, a stranger from the metropolis arrives to tempt him back with devastating consequences.Starring alongside Pryce are Anne Reid, Alex Lanipekun and Holliday Grainger, who makes her professional theatre debut. Design is by Bunny Christie with lighting by Ben Ormerod. Critical reaction was decidedly mixed, though most tended to agree with their forebears who, in the words of soon-to-be-fomer Evening Standard critic Nicholas de Jongh, were caught by “spasms of incomprehension” when the play first premiered over 30 years ago. But despite some reservations regarding the play's heavily allegorical nature, there was high praise for Pryce's “powerhouse performance” in the title role and at least one out-and-out rave, from the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer, who declared: “in his long career, Fugard has written nothing finer or more searching”.
- by Theo Bosanquet & Katie Blemler